Prisoner files lawsuit over crash

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted April 13, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Maine State Prison inmate has filed a lawsuit against the state as a result of a crash two years ago involving two vehicles transporting prisoners.

The lawsuit on behalf of Clifford Perkins was filed Monday in Knox County Superior Court against the state of Maine, the Maine Department of Corrections and prison employee Robert J. Brownell of Washington.

The crash occurred on April 22, 2010, at the intersection of Routes 1 and 131 in Thomaston. Maine State Police said the crash was a property damage crash involving two state transport vehicles.

The lawsuit claims Brownell was driving negligently and unskillfully when the crash occurred and that Perkins suffered injuries.

Perkins is represented by attorney C. Donald Briggs III of Rockport.

The Maine Department of Corrections had no comment on the lawsuit, saying the case had not yet been referred to an attorney in the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Perkins originally was sentenced for burglary and other offenses. He also escaped from the Bolduc Correctional Center in Warren, known also as the prison farm, in late 2009 but was apprehended two weeks later hiding in the woods in Scarborough. His scheduled release date is in 2014.

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