February 16

Shapleigh man charged with OUI at ice-fishing derby

The man, 19, allegedly rammed his pickup into a snowbank and then hit the vehicle of someone who tried to help him.

By J. Craig Anderson canderson@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A man accused of drunken driving literally crashed a York County ice-fishing derby Sunday, driving his truck wildly over the ice and ramming into both a snowbank and the vehicle of someone who tried to help him, the York County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, 19-year-old Shapleigh resident Derek Guertin drove his 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck onto the frozen Little Ossipee Lake during an ice-fishing derby organized by the Alfred and Limerick American Legion posts, which drew about 1,000 attendees.

Witnesses later told authorities that Guertin “revved” his engine and was driving recklessly on the ice close to fishermen and spectators, the release said, adding that at one point he lost control of his vehicle and got stuck in a snowbank.

After several tries, a good Samaritan managed to pull Guertin out of the snowbank, it said.

“Guertin repaid the gesture by backing into the Samaritan’s vehicle,” causing damage to its rear bumper, the release said.

Guertin had to be physically restrained and failed to cooperate after he was arrested, it said. The arrest occurred about 1:30 p.m.

He was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and is being held at the York County Jail pending the posting of $400 bail, the release said.

J. Craig Anderson can be contacted at 791-6390 or at:

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