Police believe alcohol was involved in Searsport crash

Posted Nov. 08, 2011, at 7:44 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police say that alcohol likely was a factor in a Monday afternoon crash that left one man in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Jonathan Carlson, 22, of Belfast was driving his 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck when it left Brock Road, hit a utility pole and rolled over at least twice, according to Searsport police. The accident happened about 4:45 p.m. Monday and was reported by a resident about 5 p.m.

Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Tuesday afternoon that the crash still is under investigation but that police found a container of alcohol at the scene.

“We know that alcohol was purchased yesterday by at least one of the parties,” the chief said.

He also said that while it appeared that passenger Thorin Robbins had been wearing a seat belt, police believe that Carlson had not been wearing one at the time of the crash.

Although LaHaye said that Carlson was in critical condition, he did not specify what type of injuries he suffered.

Robbins, 21, who is believed to be from Northport, was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where he was treated and then released Monday.

LaHaye said that investigators from the Maine State Police spent time Tuesday reconstructing the accident.

An Eastern Maine Medical Center official said Tuesday she had no information about Carlson.

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