Watertown police update: Flower monument accident

WATERTOWN, NY —  The Watertown Police Department released the following statement on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021:

“On 11/28/2021, at 12:57 AM, Off. Wayne McConnell discovered two bollards and the base of the Roswell Flower Memorial Monument were damaged. The officer determined a vehicle had been traveling in a northern direction on Washington St. prior to the accident. After striking the bollards, the vehicle turned left onto Stone St. where the officer found NY license plate KFF3253 in the roadway. The plate is registered to 26-year-old Jake A. Camidge of Carthage, NY for a red 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Mr. Camidge’s truck was later found abandoned in a parking lot off of Stone St. The truck had had extensive damage underneath and on the left
side. We requested assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff Office in attempting to locate Mr. Camidge; however, the deputy did not find him at his residence.

On 11/28/2021 during the evening, Off. McConnell located Mr. Camidge at his Carthage residence. Mr. Camidge admitted he was driving his pickup truck on Washington St. when he dropped his cigarette. When he reached down to get it, he said he struck the curb. He drove it to a parking lot and parked the vehicle as it had a flat tire. He was issued a traffic citation for leaving the scene of an accident.”

Joseph R. Donoghue Sr.
Detective Lieutenant