Bangor man charged with OUI after crash

Posted Sept. 26, 2009, at 2:09 a.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — A Bangor man was charged Thursday with drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident after he allegedly hit a tree and a fence, and careened through a ditch before ending up in the middle of Pushaw Road.

John Surles, 41, was charged with operating under the influence of intoxicants and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 8:40 p.m. Surles’ 1983 Dodge Ram hit a fence and a tree on Sandy Beach Road before heading toward Bangor on Pushaw Road. Surles traveled about 2 miles before losing control of the vehicle when he failed to negotiate the sharp turn at Orono Road, according to the report prepared by Deputy John Knappe. Surles drove into the ditch, then back onto the road, before the SUV stopped in the middle of Pushaw Road, blocking both lanes, Knappe wrote.

When deputies arrived, Surles allegedly fled the scene, but was taken into custody by deputies a short distance away.

A 35-year-old female passenger had to be extricated from the SUV, according to deputies. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Results of Surles’ blood-alcohol test had not been completed Friday.

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