Police: West Bath man arrested after crashing car into utility pole

Posted July 22, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A West Bath man was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his car into an utility pole during the early morning hours on Sunday, according to Bath police.

Bath police, EMS and fire units responded to a single-vehicle crash on Leeman Highway at 12:38 a.m. Sunday, after a red 2005 Dodge Magnum struck a Central Maine Power utility pole and landed on its roof near the entrance to Leeman Highway Clipper Mart, said Lt. Stan Cielinski in a statement. The pole was snapped in three place, and was left dangling from the wires.

The lone occupant of the car, 28-year-old Andrew McNelly, was treated at the scene for a minor scrape to the back of his hand. He was not transported to the hospital.

McNelly was arrested by Bath Officer Michael Lever and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, a class D crime. The initial investigation concluded that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

McNelly was released on $850 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on September 4.

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