Speeding motorist takes out cows in Morrill, police say

Posted July 28, 2010, at 12:52 p.m.
Anthony Jewett   PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WALDO COUNTY JAIL
WALDO COUNTY JAIL
Anthony Jewett PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WALDO COUNTY JAIL

MORRILL, Maine — Two pregnant dairy cows that were struck Tuesday afternoon by a man reportedly speeding away from police had to be put down Wednesday, according to their owner.

“I saw a flash of red, I heard a bang, I saw blue lights, all within two and a half seconds,” Reid Woodbury of FGW Dairy Farm said of the accident. “Usually, people don’t drive that fast through here. … We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A third cow that was hit, a Holstein Jersey cross, survived and is “doing great,” he said.

The accident on the Weymouth Road in Morrill happened after Anthony D. Jewett, 26, of the Upper Hostile Valley Road in Liberty was allegedly seen speeding on Route 3.

A Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputy clocked him traveling at 92 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Wednesday. When the deputy turned and tried to pull the vehicle over, Jewett apparently began driving away from him on several different roads, he said.

Jewett turned left onto the Thompson Ridge Road, and then onto the Borough Road, Keating said. The deputy caught sight of Jewett in his red Chevy Cavalier, then lost track of him for two miles.

During that time, Jewett had apparently turned onto the Weymouth Road in Morrill, where Woodbury’s farmhand and 6-year-old son had been driving a herd of cattle across the road at about 5:30 p.m. for evening milking.

“The [farmhand] said he had to pull the child back from the edge of the road to avoid being hit by the speeding car,” Keating said.

Although Woodbury’s son was fine, the farmhand was a lot closer to the cow and Cavalier mayhem.

“He was one foot on the pavement and one in the ditch,” Woodbury said. “He was pretty close to the accident and was pretty shook up.”

One cow suffered a fractured pelvis and another broke a front leg, and the veterinarians recommended putting them down on Wednesday, Woodbury said. His cows are insured for $1,500 each, but the ones that died were bred milk cows and were worth $2,000 each, according to the farmer.

“I lost some money there,” he said.

Jewett reportedly told the deputy that his car was not registered or insured and that is why he hadn’t stopped, according to Keating.

He was arrested and charged with criminal speeding, driving to endanger, failure to stop for an officer and failure to register and insure his vehicle.

Jewett was booked at the Waldo County Jail, where he was released Tuesday night on $500 cash bail.

Woodbury said he was hoping that “tomorrow will be better.”

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