June 24, 2018
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Harrington man charged after month-long probe into crash

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

HARRINGTON, Maine — A Harrington man has been charged with operating under the influence in the wake of an evening crash on Monday, Feb. 7, that injured himself and two passengers.

Joshua Merchant, 22, was charged Friday, March 4, by Maine State Trooper Christopher Smith after a month-long investigation of the U.S. Route 1 crash.

According to an earlier report of the crash provided by Smith to the Bangor Daily News, Merchant was the operator of a Ford pickup truck that failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, struck a guardrail and skidded down the highway on its side. It is believed that all three people in the truck were ejected. Smith said no one was wearing a seat belt.

Passenger Michelle Grant, 21, address unknown, was flown by LifeFlight Air Ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from a landing zone set up at the Steuben Fire Department. She was treated for her injuries and later released.

Merchant and passenger James Wolhok, 21, also of Harrington, were taken by ambulances to Down East Community Hospital in Machias with non-life-threatening injuries.

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