It was a close call for a city man Monday afternoon when his Jeep came to rest at the edge of an embankment following an accident.
Daniel McKay was driving northeast down Barrows Street at 1:07 p.m. when he allegedly swerved to dodge a car coming in the opposite direction. He drove his vehicle drove off the side of the road. The Jeep came to rest dangling over a cliff.
McKay, 20, and his 18-year-old girlfriend were not hurt and managed to escape the 2008 Jeep Liberty as it teetered on the edge of a 20-30 foot dropoff. According to an officer at the scene, the Jeep was saved from taking the plunge by a tree stump and the chain-link fence on the side of the road. The officer believed if it had not been for that, the Jeep's occupants could've been seriously injured or killed.
Jamestown police officers, firefighters and DPW workers work with the towing company to get the vehicle off the side of the cliff and onto the road.
P-J photos by Mallory Diefenbach
As the Jeep was towed from the edge, Jamestown firefighters were on standby in case the vehicle caught fire because a metal pole had damaged the underneath of the Jeep. The pole needed to be dug and pulled out before the Jeep could be towed.
McKay was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He had been caught five times in the last two years for driving without a license, and had a warrant for an unpaid ticket outside of Jamestown City Court.
McKay was given a ticket to show up at Jamestown City Court at a later date.
The Jamestown Police and Fire departments were assisted at the scene by the Department of Public Works.