June 23, 2018
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Brooklin man charged with running car off road

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

SURRY, Maine — A Brooklin man faces several charges after an incident on Route 172 on Sunday in which a car was run off the road, injuring the driver and his wife.

Robert Smith, 65, was arrested Sunday evening in Blue Hill. Trooper Greg Mitchell investigated the accident which occurred around 6:30 p.m.

Smith was driving a 2010 Ford pickup headed south on Route 172 in Surry, according to Mitchell’s report. Daniel Hadley, 62, of Blue Hill also was traveling south, ahead of Smith, in a 2005 Honda Civic. According to the report, Smith rear-ended Hadley’s vehicle at a high rate of speed and rammed the vehicle off the road, causing it to roll over several times before it came to rest on its hood in the roadway.

Hadley and his wife, Patricia Hadley, 68, were injured in the crash and were taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth. Daniel Hadley was treated and later released. Patricia Hadley was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was listed in good condition Monday afternoon.

According to Trooper Mitchell, Smith immediately drove away from the scene to the Fishnet takeout in Blue Hill, about nine miles from the scene. Trooper David Barnard located Smith at the takeout and found the rear bumper of Hadley’s car embedded in the grille of Smith’s truck.

Smith was arrested on charges of aggravated operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was taken to Hancock County Jail, where he remained in custody Monday.

According to the report, Smith denied any knowledge of the crash.

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