HOLDEN, Maine — A 17-year-old Holden boy called 911 early Friday morning looking for a wrecker after he crashed his pickup truck, but when police arrived they discovered the Brewer High School student had been drinking and driving, Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell said.
“He had attended some sort of social gathering” where alcohol was served, the sergeant said.
Where the teenager, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, had been drinking is still under investigation and may lead to additional charges, Fizell said.
He was charged with operating under the influence at around 5:45 a.m. after police found his truck stuck in a ditch at the end of Fisher Road. The remote road is located off Mann Hill Road and is a dead end.
“The young man drove straight into the trees,” Fizell said.
The front fender was ripped off when the teen reversed the vehicle to get out of the trees.
He then backed into the ditch and got stuck.
“He was not injured,” Fizell said.
Why the teen was on the dead-end road is unknown, since he is familiar with the area, the sergeant said.
His alcohol consumption “may have caused him to be disoriented,” Fizell said.
The teenager was taken to Bangor Police Department for an Intoxilyzer test, which showed his blood alcohol level exceeded the state’s legal limit of 0.08 for adults. Because he is underage, any amount of alcohol in his system could have resulted in an OUI charge, Fizell said, adding the young man’s test result clearly indicated he was intoxicated.
After being booked on the drinking and driving charge, he was released to his parents.