May 24, 2018
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Canada man, 81, arrested for OUI, leaving the scene of an accident after backing into motel

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
John Joseph Fraser
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Canada man who allegedly backed into a motel room with his vehicle was arrested Monday evening after police found him to be intoxicated.

John Joseph Fraser, 81, is facing charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, according to Skowhegan Detective Sgt. Daniel Summers.

Fraser had rented a room at the Belmont Motel, according to Summers, but hadn’t gone into the room after checking in.

The sergeant said Fraser backed into some lounge chairs and into another room with his vehicle, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Fraser fled the scene, heading northbound on Route 201 as motel staff called police. Summers said Fraser had some issues with his vehicle that caused him to pull over after turning onto East Madison Road.

“He had actually pulled over to the driveway that leads to the Somerset County Jail,” said Summers. “He figured it was another road. The reason he pulled over was he was investigating a flat tire.”

Officer Ronnie Blodgett arrived to investigate and found Fraser’s blood alcohol level was .09, just over the legal limit of .08, according to Summers.

Fraser was arrested and booked and later released on bail.

The suspect’s vehicle had some minor damage to the rear bumper.

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