Car plunges off Route 6 overpass; Serious fall and rescue in Harwich; Bourne fire; Yarmouth CVS robbery attempt

Car plunges off Route 6 overpass

    This VW coupe plunged off Route 6 and struck a bridge abutment. Both occupants escaped serious injury.
BARNSTABLE - An amazing story of survival when a car plunged off an overpass on the Mid-Cape Highway and ended up on Route 132.

About 5:15 p.m. Saturday officials responded to Route 132 at the Route 6 overpass.

They discovered a Volkswagen GTI coupe that had been traveling west on Route 6 apparently went airborne and plunged below to Route 132, landing upright and crashing into the bridge abutment. The vehicle somehow missed the traffic on Route 132.

The driver, 19-year-old Patrick Bohrer of Waltham, and his passenger were taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital. Incredibly, both sustained injuries that were considered not life-threatening.

Bohrer was cited for operating to endanger and marked lanes violation. He reportedly told police he fell alseep at the wheel. Traffic on Route 132 was jammed for a time until the wreckage was cleared. 

State Police are investigating the crash. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

 Young man falls into twenty-foot-deep pit


- A call to check out dirt bike activity Saturday at 5:30 p.m. turned out to be a dramatic rescue for Police Officers Mark Holmes and Adam Hutton and the Harwich Fire Department.

When the officers arrived at DaLuze's Pit they heard a young man screaming for help. The man had fallen down a twenty-foot hole while playing paint ball.  Officer Adam Hutton said James Nickerson apparently went backward over a knee-high berm after taking a paint ball shot and fell into the stump-filled pit off Queen Anne Road.

Harwich Fire/Rescue was called, and with other public safety officials, they extracted James Nickerson from the pit. He was airlifted to Boston Medical Center with unknown injuries.
Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan

House fire in Bourne
- Fire damaged a home in Bourne just after 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames at 46 Ship's View Terrace. No injuries were reported. The fire appeared to have started in an aquarium but the exact cause is under investigation.

Yarmouth CVS robbery attempt
YARMOUTH - The CVS/Pharmacy on Route 28 in South Yarmouth was the scene of an attempted robbery around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Officials say a man walked up to the drive thru window and demanded OxyContin. He reportedly told the employee he had a gun but never showed one. After being told the drug was locked up the man fled on foot. He was described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches with a medium build and was last seen wearing a red short sleeve t-shirt over a black hoodie. Anyone with information is asked to contact Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445. (Click on the map at right for a larger view.)

Chatham Police to hold promotion ceremony
-Chatham Police Chief Mark R. Pawlina invites the public to attend the Promotional Ceremony for Lieutenant John D. Cauble to the position of Captain.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Place: Chatham Town Hall Meeting Room
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Lieutenant John D. Cauble, a 25 year veteran of the Chatham Police Department, will be promoted to the rank of Captain. John has been assigned as the Commander of the Special Services Division of the Department for the past two years. Prior to that he served a Patrol Sergeant and Patrol Officer. There will be a swearing in and pinning ceremony, and light refreshments will be served. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on