HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton woman who allegedly was drunk and speeding with her 5-year-old son in the vehicle is facing three charges after an accident in the community.
Police Chief Butch Asselin said Tuesday afternoon that 33-year-old Meredith Green was charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of a child after the early morning accident on April 14 in which her vehicle also caught fire.
Asselin said that Officer Stephen Nason was parked on Military Street around 7:30 a.m. when he saw a large plume of dust at the intersection of Main and Military streets. Once Nason arrived at the scene, he saw where a vehicle apparently had gone through the yield sign at the end of Main Street, proceeded across Military Street and come to rest in a clump of trees at the Hillview Avenue and Military Street intersection.
The vehicle was on fire.
Nason extinguished the blaze with a fire extinguisher from the cruiser as other people stopped to assist. One individual was able to remove Green from the vehicle. Green’s son also was removed safely from the 1999 Jeep Cherokee.
As Nason was putting the fire out with the extinguisher, a gust of wind blew the dry chemical powder back into his face. Nason inhaled some of the powder which later required him to seek medical attention.
Officer Erica Pelletier arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. Pelletier noticed that Green had difficulty standing and keeping her eyes open. Green told police that the crash happened after her son indicated that he wanted something and she turned toward him, taking her eyes off the road.
Green and her son were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital. A blood sample subsequently was obtained from Green, but the results were not released. She was arrested and charged with the three offenses.
Green’s son was medically cleared and released to a relative and the Department of Health and Human Services was contacted. Bail for Green was set at $1,000 and at DHHS’ request, a condition of bail was that Green have no contact with her son.
The 1999 Jeep Cherokee was a total loss.
Nason, who was having difficulty breathing, was treated and then released from the hospital.