May 22, 2018
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Man charged with OUI, fleeing after head-on crash injures four in St. Albans

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
Jason Bryant
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

ST. ALBANS, Maine — A Hartland man was charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after a two-vehicle crash sent four people to hospitals.

At 10:52 p.m. Friday, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle crash on the Mountain Road, said Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II in a statement.

A gray 2005 GMC truck was traveling toward Hartland when it reportedly crossed into the path of a green 1996 Chevrolet Blazer traveling in the opposite direction.

“Both vehicles collided pretty much head-on, causing the Blazer to leave the roadway and end up in a private dooryard,” said Gottardi, adding that both vehicles were considered a total loss.

The driver of the GMC, later identified as Jason Bryant, 40, of Hartland, allegedly fled the scene and was lfound hiding inside his nearby residence, police said. He was arrested and charged with Class C operating under the influence, Class C leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and Class D falsifying physical evidence.

Bryant was the only occupant in the GMC.

All four people in the Blazer suffered injuries and were treated at hospitals.

Kim King, 48, of Hartland was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after receiving possibly critical head injuries in the front passenger seat, said Gottardi. EMMC had no information available Monday afternoon on King.

The driver of the Blazer, Gail Hart, 33, of Hartland received facial injuries, including a possible broken nose.

Rear-seat passengers Allison Trask, 34, of Hartland and Jason Bussey, 27, of Palmyra were also injured. Trask suffered possible neck and back injuries, while Bussey received possible compound fractures to his legs, said Gottardi.

Hart, Trask and Bussey were treated at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.

Bryant was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where he has since been released on bail.

Hartland and St. Albans Fire and Rescue crews and Sebasticook Valley Ambulance Service assisted Somerset County sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Ross and Deputy Don Avery at the scene.

Gottardi said the case will be reviewed by the Somerset County district attorney’s office.

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