Mass. man gets second OUI charge this month

Posted June 25, 2010, at 10:26 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A Massachusetts man who police say is visiting the area this summer was arrested Thursday evening on numerous charges after crashing the red Ford Thunderbird he was driving into a ditch, injuring one of his two passengers.

George Veno, 48, of Sandwich, Mass., was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to notify police of the accident by the quickest means and violation of the conditions of his June 11 arrest by state police on charges of drunken driving and drug possession, Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy said Friday.

Veno remained behind bars late Friday night, a jail official confirmed.

Roy said that the incident that led to this week’s arrest began about 7 p.m., when a passer-by reported that a vehicle had driven into a ditch along Kirkland Road, and three men who allegedly smelled of alcohol were standing nearby.

Sgt. Michael Hashey and Officer Ryan Fitch were sent to investigate. Deputy Bob Pelletier, who was in the area, also turned out, Roy said.

When they arrived, the caller said that another vehicle had come by and pulled Veno’s car from the ditch, and all three men had left the accident scene.

The passer-by recognized one of the men as a Kirkland Road resident, so police headed to that man’s residence. When they arrived, they found several adults and children in the yard, but none of the men they were looking for.

The people who were in the yard denied that the men were there but it didn’t take police very long to find them, Roy said.

Roy said that Pelletier found the Kirkland Road resident trying to get away in a kayak on Pushaw Stream. The two Old Town officers found the other two men hiding on the premises, one inside the house and the other behind a barn. Officers found the Thunderbird at the back of a nearby horse pasture, Roy said.

Roy said neither of the passengers was charged in connection with the episode. One of the men had struck his head and suffered a cut on his leg during the crash and was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment, he said.

Roy said there was “significant” damage to the Thunderbird, and it was not clear whether Veno or his passengers was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. Veno is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Aug. 19, Roy said.

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