Driver crashed ATV in Pownal, attempted to flee by jumping in bed of passing truck

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POWNAL — Police are looking for a 31-year-old Bennington man who was injured during an ATV crash in Pownal on Saturday.

The crash took place on Old Military Road at around 6:53 p.m.

Police identified the driver as Patrick Kearns.

Kearns was ejected from the ATV during the crash and fled the scene after briefly recovering.

Police allege Kearns jumped into the back of a passing pickup-truck during his attempt to flee, but was forced out by the truck driver.

He fled into nearby woods after being forced out.

Police say Kearns is suspected of having been operating the ATV while intoxicated.

Attempts to locate him were unsuccessful after the crash, police say.

Police say they are still investigating this case and seeking to make contact with him at this time.