Hermon man injured after drinking, taking drag racing car for joyride, police say

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A Hermon man who was upset about losing his job is facing charges after a short joyride in his drag racing car on Wednesday, according to police.

Drinking had cost Christopher Unger, 51, his job recently, according to Deputy Larry Estes of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, but that didn’t stop Unger from drinking again.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Unger was drinking at his North Street home when he decided to hit the road in a drag racing car that he drives in competitions at Winterport Dragway, according to Estes.

Estes said the car is a 1951 Oldsmobile Cutlass that Unger converted into a drag racing vehicle.

Unger didn’t get far upon leaving his home, crashing into an apple tree in a neighbor’s yard, creating 60 feet of rubber on the roadway in the process, Estes said.

Estes said Unger suffered cuts to his face and was complaining of back pain and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, Estes said, and Unger’s license had been suspended for a previous operating under the influence charge. The deputy said he’s facing charges of OUI — pending a blood-alcohol test — and operating after suspension.

Unger’s car had about $2,000 worth of damage.

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