April 24, 2018
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Teen snaps utility pole in crash, walks away uninjured

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A teenager who fell asleep at the wheel crashed his car into a utility pole in front of a local bar late Thursday night.

The driver, Aaron Annis, 18, of Rockport was not injured, according to police, but power to area businesses and residences was knocked out for a few hours before being restored Friday morning.

Annis was driving his 2003 Land Rover at 11:59 p.m. Thursday when he fell asleep and crashed into a utility pole in front of Time Out Pub on Main Street, according to Rockland Police Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

The pole snapped and Central Maine Power crews had to be called in to handle fallen electric lines and restore power. Part of South Main Street was temporarily closed as workers replaced the pole Friday morning.

“Annis was not injured and refused medical treatment. The vehicle was considered a total loss,” Tower said. “I do not expect any charges to be filed from the accident.”

Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors, he said. The case is still under investigation.

This was the second time a teenager crashed and totaled a vehicle Thursday in the small city.

Eliza Rainville, 17, of Rockport drifted off Route 1 and smashed into the side of Burger King early Thursday morning for no apparent reason. Rainville’s 2005 Chevy Equinox was a total loss. She also caused $2,000 in damage to the fast food restaurant and $2,000 in damage to a nearby hydrant, which snapped.

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