POLICE BEAT

Waldoboro woman arrested after striking cruiser, fleeing, state police say

Posted June 11, 2012, at 4:25 p.m.
Natasha Jackson
Knox County Jail
Natasha Jackson

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 22-year-old Waldoboro woman was arrested on a variety of charges early Saturday morning after police said she struck a Maine State Police cruiser and sped from the scene.

Natasha Jackson was arrested a short time after the 1:30 a.m. crash and charged with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident by the quickest means, operating without a license, providing a false name and address, and trafficking in dangerous knives, according to a news release issued by the state police.

The crash occurred on Broadway as Trooper Don Webber was driving north on that street and a Lincoln Town Car failed to stop at the intersection with Talbot Avenue and struck the cruiser. The vehicle then left the scene.

The trooper was not injured. Damage to the cruiser was estimated at several thousand dollars, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The vehicle was located a short time later, parked behind a church near the intersection after state police, Rockland police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search.

Jackson was found in the vicinity, arrested, and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland with bail initially set at $2,500 cash, state police said. She made her initial court appearance Monday afternoon and her bail was lowered to $1,000 unsecured. She was expected to be released from jail later in the day, according to a jail official.

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