Driver thrown from vehicle in accident later charged

DEER ISLE — A driver who survived being thrown from his sport utility vehicle Friday and drove away from the accident scene was summoned for alleged drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to the report, Heath Steele, 30, of Deer Isle was driving on the Little Deer Isle Road when he lost control of his 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, causing the vehicle to leave the road. At some point, the driver’s door opened and Steele fell out. The driverless Chevrolet continued on, coming to rest against the deck of a home. Steele then got back into the still-operable vehicle and drove off.

Steele was located and summoned on charges of operating while under the influence (OUI) and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He reportedly received a cut on the head during crash and was treated at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander