Driver in accident cited under distraction law

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DIXFIELD — A 20-year-old Dixfield man will be charged with driving while distracted following a single-car accident just outside the village Monday afternoon.

Dixfield Police Department Sgt. Jeffrey Howe said Jacob Daigneault, 20, of the Canton Point Road, was driving his 1999 Kia sports utility vehicle east on Route 2 at 12:30 p.m. when, as he adjusted his radio, he saw a vehicle in front of him preparing to turn.

Howe said Daigneault swerved to miss the vehicle, then failed to negotiate the curve near the intersection with the Hall Hill Road. The vehicle went straight and flipped into a ditch on the driver’s side, coming to rest on a cluster of stumps.

The vehicle was destroyed. Daigneault was unhurt.

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A small amount of gasoline spilled out of the tank during the accident. The Dixfield Fire Company cleaned it up. A portion of Route 2 was reduced to a single lane for a short period of time.

Howe said the new distracted driver law can be used when the action results in an accident.

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