Rockland man faces charges after power outage

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 28, 2009, at 6:54 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A local man faces multiple charges stemming from two accidents Thursday night, one of which knocked out power to almost 200 Central Maine Power customers.

According to Deputy Chief Wally Tower of the Rockland Police Department, Michael Leon, 39, of Rockland was driving a 2004 GMC pickup truck at about 9 p.m. Thursday when he struck a utility pole on Union Street near the Willow Street intersection. The accident snapped the pole, which pulled down two more utility poles with it, Tower said.

Leon fled the scene of the accident, according to Tower, and a short time later was involved in another accident in the Navigator Motor Inn parking lot when his vehicle struck a parked 2006 GMC pickup truck owned by Kevin Glover, no age given, of Owls Head. No one was in the vehicle at the time, but Glover’s pickup received an estimated $2,000 in damage.

Leon then fled the scene of that accident, Tower said.

Rockland police officers located him near Marks Lane where he was arrested and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, and posses-sion of Schedule W and Z drugs.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail and later was released on bail.

No one was injured in the accidents. Leon’s pickup truck received an estimated $8,000 in damage.

The damage to the utility poles knocked out power to 193 customers in the area, according to Central Maine Power spokesman John Carroll. The company received the first outage complaints at about 9:15 p.m., and crews went to the scene. Power was restored fully by about 7 a.m. Friday.

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