June 19, 2018
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Knox County sheriff back at work after crash

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison was feeling OK and back at work Monday after being involved in an accident on Jan. 7 that was caused by faulty brakes in the county’s Jeep Cherokee, according to Maine State Police.

Dennison had been taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport for examination, but was immediately released, according to Maine State Police Trooper Jeremy Wesbrock. Dennison said Monday that she hurt her back.

The accident happened at about 4 p.m. Friday in Washington when Scott Little, 39, of Jefferson was driving his Volkswagen on Route 17 and applied his brakes, according to Wesbrock. Dennison, who was driving behind Little in her Knox County-issued vehicle, said she tried to brake also, but couldn’t stop quickly enough, swerved to the right and scraped the side of the other vehicle.

“She did a wonderful job of avoiding the collision,” Wesbrock said.

The case is still under investigation, he said, but police discovered the Jeep’s brakes “were faulty because of premature rust and corrosion, which decreased efficiency of the brakes.”

Both cars had minor damage. Little was not hurt, according to Wesbrock.

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