June 18, 2018
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Monson driver flees accident

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

ELLIOTSVILLE, Maine — A Monson motorist turned himself in Sunday morning after he allegedly left the scene of an accident that injured three passengers the previous night.

Coburn Roberts, 26, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and operating after suspension. He is expected to make his initial court appearance on Oct. 26 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Roberts was at the wheel of a Chevrolet pickup truck that left the road in Drew Valley in Elliotsville at about 8:14 p.m. Saturday, according to Investigator Jamie Kane of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Elliotsville is between Monson and Willimantic. He said the driver lost control of the vehicle and it went down an embankment.

Kane said Roberts left the vehicle despite the fact his three passengers were injured. He said the three passengers — Steven Roberts, 37, of Guilford; Kirk Thornley, 24, of Monson; and Konrad Thornley, 27, of Bradley — were taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and Kirk Thornley was later taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Kane said he did not believe that Kirk Thornley’s injuries were life-threatening.

Roberts appeared at the Piscataquis County Jail on Sunday morning and identified himself as the driver of the vehicle, according to Investigator Dave Wilson, who is assisting Kane in the case. Roberts’ blood-alcohol level on Sunday morning was 0.07 percent, which was still high considering he had the night to sleep it off, the officer said. In Maine, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is cause for an OUI charge.

Bail was set at $500 cash.

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