Judge sets bail at $1,000 for Pittsfield man who crashed car in Corinna

A video screen displays Danny Adams, right of Pittsfield and his attorney Aaron Frey during Adams' video appearance before Superior Court Justice Kirk Studstrup (seen in background) at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2011. In the foreground is legal intern Hunter Umphrey, right, who worked with Assistant District Attorney Jim Aucoin during the proceeding.
A video screen displays Danny Adams, right of Pittsfield and his attorney Aaron Frey during Adams' video appearance before Superior Court Justice Kirk Studstrup (seen in background) at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2011. In the foreground is legal intern Hunter Umphrey, right, who worked with Assistant District Attorney Jim Aucoin during the proceeding.
Posted July 13, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
A video screen displays Danny Adams, right, of Pittsfield and his attorney Aaron Frey during Adams' video appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2011. Adams is accused of stealing a car, crashing it, and hiding in a nearby wooded area in Corinna on Saturday, July 9.
A video screen displays Danny Adams, right, of Pittsfield and his attorney Aaron Frey during Adams' video appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2011. Adams is accused of stealing a car, crashing it, and hiding in a nearby wooded area in Corinna on Saturday, July 9.
Danny Lee Adams.
Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail.
Danny Lee Adams.

BANGOR, Maine — A Superior Court judge set bail Wednesday at $1,000 for a Pittsfield man who was arrested Saturday morning after crashing a stolen car into a telephone pole in Corinna.

Danny Adams, 20, is not expected to be released from the Penobscot County Jail until he appears later this month in Somerset County Superior Court on a motion to revoke his probation on a 2009 burglary charge there.

Adams was charged in Penobscot County with aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C crime, and operating after revocation and failure to report a personal injury accident, both Class E crimes.

In addition, he was charged in Somerset County with unauthorized use of a vehicle for allegedly stealing the 1996 Toyota Camry from a Pittsfield home about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sgt. William Sheehan of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

If convicted, Adams faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the criminal mischief charge, a felony. The Class E crimes carry maximum penalties of six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

He also could be ordered to pay restitution to the car owner, whose vehicle was demolished, and to Central Maine Power Co., which had to replace the pole.

Adams was traveling at a high speed on Route 7 in Corinna toward Newport about 3:45 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the car and struck a telephone pole in front of the Berg Sportswear building, Sheehan said. The car toppled the pole and broke in half.

“The front of the car wound up between 30 and 40 feet from the rear” of the car, he said.

The accident was reported by a passer-by who said the driver had run into the woods.

The Maine State Police brought a K-9 dog, the sergeant said, but the suspect was not located. About 8:45 a.m., as police were clearing the scene, a man was spotted walking out of the woods but ran back into the trees when he was approached by a deputy, Sheehan said. The dog located Adams during a second search, and he surrendered.

Adams was taken to the Penobscot County Jail after being treated Saturday at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield for minor facial lacerations.

This is not the first time Adams has crashed a stolen car, according to Assistant District Attorney James Aucoin. On Jan. 21, 2010, Adams, then 19, crashed a stolen blue Ford van in Newport. He and his 17-year-old passenger ran from the scene of that accident, according to a previously published report. He was sentenced on March 10, 2010, to a year in prison for Class C theft.

In a separate case, Adams was sentenced in October 2009 in Somerset County to four years in prison, with all but 150 days suspended, and four years of probation for burglary. His probation was revoked after the 2010 car theft and crash. Adams was sentenced to a year in prison to be served concurrently with the theft charge, Aucoin said.

In addition to the charges related to the Saturday theft and crash, Adams could be sentenced to up to three years in prison if his probation on the burglary charge is revoked, Aucoin said.

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