May 24, 2018
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Man leads Farmington officer on drunken chase, crashes into pole, police say

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — An Oakland man faces charges after police say he led them on a chase through streets near downtown early Sunday morning. The chase ended when he crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Middle and Quebec streets.

Jacob N. Hutchinson, 23, was not injured in the crash. He was taken to Franklin County Detention Center where his alcohol level tested at 0.15, police said. The legal limit is 0.08. He was given a summons on charges of driving under the influence and eluding an officer.

Hutchinson was spotted leaving the The Roost pub on Main Street about 12:58 p.m. by Sgt. Ed Hastings, who was parked on Main Street. Hutchinson had a defective plate light on his vehicle according to Hastings’ report.

Hastings saw Hutchinson make rapid turns without slowing down or stopping onto Academy Street and then a right onto High Street, Hastings said.

The officer turned his police lights on, and from High Street, the driver then made an unsignaled left onto Perkins Street and then another unsignaled left onto Maquire Street as he drove around the block between the dorms at the University of Maine at Farmington, the officer stated.

He went through the intersection of Maguire and Middle streets without stopping or signaling, and from Middle Street attempted to make a right hand turn onto Quebec Street when he crashed head-on into the utility pole in front of St. Joseph’s Church Community building. The wet road conditions may have contributed to the crash, according to police.

NorthStar ambulance personnel checked him at the scene but he was not injured.

In addition to the OUI and eluding an officer charges, Hutchinson received a traffic summons for the defective light.

He was released Sunday on $500 unsecured bail.

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