Driver on cell phone hits cruiser, causes traffic jam

Posted Nov. 01, 2010, at 5:15 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Police say a motorist who crashed into a police cruiser on the Casco Bay Bridge was talking on a cell phone and didn’t see the cruiser or its flashing lights.

As a result, traffic flowing from South Portland to Portland was cut off for four hours Monday.

Police say the South Portland cruiser — with blue lights flashing — was parked behind a disabled vehicle in the passing lane when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck.

Chief Ed Googins told the Portland Press Herald that the investigation points toward driver inattention. He says the driver of the pickup was talking on a cell phone when the crash happened.

Officer Rocco Navarro was treated and then released from a hospital.

No one else was injured.