Driver distracted by cigarette crashes into tree in Putney

PUTNEY – A driver crashed into a tree in Putney after he took his eyes off the road to light a cigarette on Sunday night.

Police say the report of the crash came in on Monday morning, but the accident occurred on Sunday night at around 7 p.m.

According to the report, a driver of a 2002 Saab 93 was headed eastbound on Hickory Ridge when the single-vehicle crash happened.

The driver, identified as Jude Mischke, 47, of Putney, told police he took his eyes off the road for a second to light a cigarette and when he looked back up, he had lost control of the vehicle.

The out of control Saab veered off the roadway and smashed into a tree.

Putney Fire Department assisted police at the scene and the vehicle was towed away by Rod’s Towing.

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