May 26, 2018
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Police: St. George woman charged after crashing vehicle twice with child in car

Knox County Sheriff’s Office | BDN
Knox County Sheriff’s Office | BDN
Kristen M. Staples
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ST. GEORGE, Maine — A 27-year-old woman was arrested Thursday evening by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office after she crashed her vehicle twice within a few minutes while carrying a 7-year-old child.

The department received a complaint shortly after 4 p.m. of a vehicle driving erratically southbound on Route 131 in St. George. The vehicle had struck a utility pole head-on but still was able to be driven from the scene, according to the person reporting the incident.

About 5 miles farther south on Route 131, the same vehicle struck another utility pole.

Kristen M. Staples 27, of St. George, was determined to be the driver, according to Knox County Chief Deputy Tom Carroll. Carroll said that because of privacy laws he could not identify the 7-year-old child who was a passenger. Both the driver and child were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for treatment of minor injuries and both were released that evening.

Staples was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger, endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of an accident, violating a condition of release and violation of probation, Carroll said. He said she is suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

The 1997 Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle was destroyed and two utility poles had to be replaced. Electrical power to the community was knocked out for at least five hours.

Deputy David Johnson is investigating with assistance from Deputy Paul Spear, Lt. Kirk Guerrette and Maine state Trooper Scott Quintero.

Staples remained in Knox County Jail in Rockland as of Friday morning.

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