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Man involved in Frankfort crash that seriously injured woman arrested on drug charges

Kate Collins | BDN
Kate Collins | BDN
Emergency crews work to remove Louise Boudreau-Bouchard from her vehicle after she was hit head on by a SUV driven by William Hinkle while heading northbound on Rt. 1A in Frankfort around 9am on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Boudreau-Bouchard was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight of Maine, while Hinkle was transported to EMMC by ambulance.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

FRANKFORT, Maine — A man involved in Wednesday’s crash on Route 1A in Frankfort has been arrested on charges of drug trafficking after police investigating the accident found evidence of marijuana in his wrecked vehicle.

William Hinkle, 34, of Frankfort, was arrested Thursday by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of cocaine residue.

Police said that the crash occurred when Hinkle pulled out to pass another vehicle while traveling south on Route 1A toward the village of Frankfort in his Chevrolet Blazer.

He crashed nearly head-on into a blue Subaru Legacy driven by 59-year-old Louise Boudreau-Bouchard of Searsport.

She suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight of Maine. Chief Deputy Robert Keating said that she was listed in serious condition at the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Hinkle suffered a head injury and was treated and released Wednesday from Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Two eyewitnesses told investigating officers they thought Hinkle had been driving too fast when he pulled out to pass.

The accident is still under investigation, Keating said, with two officers assigned to it on Thursday.

When police observed what they believed to be marijuana in Hinkle’s Chevy Blazer at the accident scene on Wednesday, they obtained a search warrant and reportedly found the drug inside. Later that evening, Detective Merl Reed of the Sheriff’s Office went to Hinkle’s residence and obtained his consent to search the home, Keating said.

That is where Reed allegedly found the cocaine residue, according to the police.

Hinkle was charged at Waldo County Jail and has been released on bail. His court date has been set for May 3.

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