Driver charged after fleeing O.B. crash

A Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a tree in Oak Bluffs. —Courtesy of Oak Bluffs Police Department

An individual who abandoned his car after crashing it into a tree in Oak Bluffs is being charged with leaving the scene of property damage. 

Personnel from Oak Bluffs Police and Oak Bluffs Fire-EMS responded to a Jeep Grand Cherokee that crashed into a tree on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road across from Norton Farm on Saturday, Feb. 10, at around 7:30 pm. 

According to Oak Bluffs Police Chief Jonathan Searle, the driver was traveling north when he went across the roadway and bike path, then crashed into a tree. Searle said nobody was injured. 

The driver had fled the scene by the time first responders arrived. A witness confirmed that a male operator had exited the vehicle after the crash. 

Searle said there were multiple attempts to contact the driver before Feb. 11, when the individual’s attorney contacted the police to accept a citation on behalf of the client. The citation was served on the following day. 

The driver will be arraigned in Edgartown District Court for the alleged counts of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and a marked lanes violation. 

The individual remains unnamed, as the Oak Bluffs Police Department has a policy of not identifying defendants until they are arraigned in court. 


    • Yup. “Swerved to avoid a snipe”, exited the vehicle, left the scene, and was so rattled by the experience he had a coupla three pops, to steady his nerves, you understand.
      Smart play.

  1. Doesn’t experience teach us that when OB Police suppress the name of a driver until arraignment (when they cannot hide the identity anymore), it means they are usually another off duty law enforcement officer?

    • James– actually I don’t think it does.
      But nice of you to show us your paranoia
      about the police. I fully understand why you
      think that way about them, of course.

  2. Ok– I’ll tone it down and make it a little less
    Anyone who thinks that leaving the scene of
    a serious accident is not advocating for taking
    responsibility and being honest.
    it’s irresponsible to say the least to suggest
    it. It encourages lawlessness.
    But then again, one of the major political
    parties in this country seems to be gleefully
    dancing down that path is their new golden MAGA

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