May 24, 2018
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Caribou teen charged in three-car accident

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A three-car accident on Route 1 led to charges against a 17-year-old driver from Caribou, police said Tuesday.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes said the juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, was driving a 1999 Pontiac just after 9 p.m. Sunday in the city when he passed another car, then slammed on his brakes in the middle of the road.

There was no vehicle, animal or other obstruction in front of him, Barnes said. “He stopped suddenly, without any reason.”

The driver of the car behind the boy slammed on his brakes but could not avoid striking the back of the Pontiac. That car then was hit from behind by another vehicle.

The juvenile, who had a passenger in the vehicle, immediately left the scene.

Barnes said the drivers of the other two cars were not seriously injured.

Police found the juvenile in Caribou. He was not injured.

The teenager was charged with operating beyond license restrictions and leaving the scene of an accident.

Barnes said he also was issued a traffic citation for the sudden stop.

Presque Isle police Officer Jeffrey Mechalko and Sgt. Laurie Kelly investigated.

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