JAY — With help from a bystander, police found and charged a Limerick man Sunday after he hit a pole and ran, Police Chief Larry White Sr. said.

Brian Briggs, 37, was driving a 1980 Jeep Cherokee south on Main Street at about 4 p.m. Sunday when he apparently lost control, crossed the opposite lane and went into a logged area and struck a utility pole just before Jay Elementary School, White said. He got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, according to White.

“A good Samaritan saw it and followed the subject, spotting him in the area of the school,” he said.

When Jay Police Department officer Sgt. Troy Young arrived and didn’t find the driver, he called for a canine unit. Livermore Falls Police Sgt. Joe Sage also came to the scene to help, White said.

The bystander lost sight of Briggs momentarily but then spotted him near the school and yelled to the officers who caught Briggs and charged him with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for an officer.

Briggs was also driving beyond his license conditions, one being no alcohol, White said.

He was not injured but the vehicle receive approximately $3,500 in damages and was towed to Hilltop Collision Center.

Briggs was taken to Franklin County Detention Center where he bailed on $250 cash and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15.

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