Man charged in Portland hit and run

Posted July 30, 2012, at 10:24 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man was charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after striking a pedestrian in the Old Port early Sunday, police said.

Joshua Cohen, 23, of Fairfield was attempting to cross Commercial Street around 1:20 a.m. when he was hit by Frank Underdown, 20, according to Portland police Sgt. Troy Bowden.

The incident occurred just after bars in the area had closed, so numerous pedestrians were on the streets, Bowden said.

“There were several witnesses in the area,” Bowden said. “That whole area is littered with bars.”

Cohen was with a group of friends when he was hit, the sergeant said, and Underdown tried to flee the scene on foot after striking the victim.

“One good Samaritan actually saw him running from his car and chased him down and brought him back to us,” Bowden said.

Cohen suffered injuries that were not considered life threatening, Bowden said, while Underdown was arrested and booked on charges of OUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Underdown was later released on bail.

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