Maine state troopers received help from an unexpected source when a dog helped alert police to a two-car crash earlier this week, officials say.
At approximately 5:29 p.m. on July 10, while parked at an intersection on Interstate 95 near Lincoln, Trooper Chris Pina noticed a dog running in front of his patrol car, according to a Facebook post from the police. the state of Maine.
Pina managed to get the muddy, scratched dog into her cruiser, thinking it was an escaped or lost pet. However, as he called the dog to dispatch, he noticed a man on the south side of the freeway crying out for help, the statement said.
What Pina found after investigating the screams was a brown SUV in a ditch and a green RAV4 on its roof in a traffic lane, officials said. The driver of the green RAV4 reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and drifted into the traffic lane, putting the SUV in the back, the statement said.
Police said the accident caused several vehicles to roll over. A couple in the brown SUV had two dogs, which were thrown from the car, according to state police.
One dog found Pina and the other, a Doberman named Bentley, went missing for a few days before being found by Kathy Winslow of Lost Dog Recovery.
Lincoln police released a photo of the couple and their found furry friend Thursday, celebrating the Bentley’s return.
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