FRANKFORT — A local man who was arrested in March after being involved in a head-on crash that caused serious injuries to the other driver pleaded not guilty this week to charges of drug possession and trafficking that were related to the collision.
The attorney for William Hinkle Jr., 34, entered his client’s not guilty plea to the two charges Tuesday at Belfast District Court.
Hinkle was arrested after the March 23 accident when investigating police found evidence of marijuana in his wrecked vehicle. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of cocaine residue.
Police said the crash occurred when Hinkle pulled out in his Chevrolet Blazer to pass another vehicle while traveling south on Route 1A toward the village of Frankfort.
He crashed nearly head-on into a 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 to be treated.
Other media outlets have reported that part of Boudreau-Bouchard’s hand was amputated after the collision.
Hinkle suffered a head injury and was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and released the same day.
Two eyewitnesses told investigating officers they thought Hinkle had been driving too fast when he pulled out to pass.
Hinkle’s trial is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, at the same court.