Police say Fairfield man was drunk when he hit utility pole and kept driving

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:04 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Fairfield man who kept driving after his car struck a utility pole early Monday was later found and arrested after police determined he was intoxicated.

Max Whitish, 29, of Fairfield is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident in addition to operating under the influence, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Rumsey said a resident on County Road in Waterville heard Whitish’s vehicle crash into the pole and notified police. When authorities responded, they discovered the telephone pole had a “very deep gouge and scrape along it,” according to Rumsey.

Just after 2 a.m. Monday, Waterville police Sgt. Daniel Ames located the vehicle in Fairfield with Whitish standing beside it. Whitish was arrested and taken to the Kennebec County jail.

Rumsey said the vehicle had chunks of rubber coming off of the tires, which allowed police to track the vehicle. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)