Man indicted on charges from high-speed collision

Posted Oct. 11, 2010, at 9:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Brooklin man accused of being intoxicated when he allegedly drove a truck into the rear of another vehicle and caused it to crash was one of seven people indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Robert F. Smith, 65, was indicted on Oct. 7 on charges of aggravated criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and reckless conduct, according to a list of indictments released by the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office.

At the time of the April 25 incident, police indicated that Smith was driving a 2010 Ford pickup south on Route 172 in Surry when the truck ran into the back of a 2005 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed. The impact caused the Honda to go off the road and roll several times before it came to rest on its roof on the highway, police said.

The driver of the car and his wife were taken to hospitals in Ellsworth and Bangor and later released.

Police said Smith kept driving after his vehicle rammed the car and stopped about nine miles away at a snack bar in Blue Hill. After a short time, police found Smith there, the rear bumper of the Honda still embedded in the grille of his truck.

Smith denied knowledge of the collision, police indicated in a report on the incident.

Also indicted last week was a Waltham man with a history of committing burglaries.

Adam M. Gray, 27, was indicted on 14 counts of burglary, 15 counts of theft and one count of criminal mischief. He is alleged to have burglarized the Eggemoggin Country Store in Sedgwick in August, according to published reports.

Gray is accused of committing the burglaries in Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Orland and Sedgwick between May and September of this year.

Attempts Monday to contact police officials and prosecutors with knowledge of Gray’s indictment were unsuccessful.

Gray was indicted on similar charges in 2005 and later spent time in jail on those charges, according to published Bangor Daily News reports.

Also indicted last week were:

Adam N. Davis, 21, Orland, failure to appear in court.

Jill M. Fickett, 34, Sullivan, reckless conduct, operating a motor vehicle beyond license condition or restriction.

Kristopher M. Gilbert, 24, Bucksport, theft.

Maribeth Haines-Watkins, 50, Jonesboro, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Brent S. Lockhart, 19, Franklin, burglary, theft.

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