Northport man arrested after crash

Posted Jan. 14, 2011, at 7:33 p.m.

BELFAST — After police went to an accident scene Friday afternoon, one driver was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.

William Pendergast, 31, of Northport apparently rear-ended a car on the Back Belmont Road at 12:54 p.m., according to Officer Michael Rolerson of the Belfast Police Department.

Pendergast came over the crest of a hill in his 2001 Ford pickup truck and crashed into a 2004 Subaru Forester driven by Michael Walker, 63, of Montville, the officer said.

When Rolerson, who went to the crash scene, smelled alcohol, he administered a breathalyzer test to Pendergast.

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According to test results, his blood alcohol content was .17 percent, or more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

Pendergast also was driving with a conditional license because of a prior OUI conviction, Rolerson said.

He was booked at Waldo County Jail, where he would remain overnight, a jail official said Friday afternoon.

Rolerson said that the truck likely was totaled, with an estimated $3,000 in damage. The Subaru had about $2,500 in damage.

No one was hurt in the crash.

Pendergast also was issued a summons for operating without a license in violation of a condition of release.

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