June 19, 2018
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Driver on methadone snaps pole, downs power lines on Bangor street, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman driving on Thirteenth Street Tuesday morning after taking her daily methadone treatment hit a utility pole and knocked down wires onto her car, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Shirley M. Arrick, 35, of Bangor was driving her boyfriend’s burgundy 2008 Suzuki car at about 9:10 a.m. and hit the pole so hard it “was snapped in two with live wires on the ground,” the sergeant said.

Officer Taylor Bagley put Arrick through a field sobriety test as power company crews repaired the snapped pole and police later placed her in handcuffs.

Arrick was transported to the Bangor police station and examined by one of the police department’s drug recognition experts, Edwards said. She was issued a summons charging her with operating under the influence of drugs and operating a motor vehicle after suspension, and then released.

“Based on statements by Ms. Arrick and Officer Bagley’s observations it was determined that Ms. Arrick received methadone from an area clinic this morning,” Edwards said.

Arrick also was treated by Bangor Fire Department paramedics for minor burns to her face due to the deployment of the air bag, Edwards said.

Jeff Strout, who lives in the neighborhood, was walking behind Mansfield Stadium when the collision occurred.

“I heard a ‘boom, boom’ and then a second ‘boom, boom,’ probably from the pole breaking,” he said. “She’s lucky to be alive — the wires were right on her car.”

Strout said he helped direct traffic while waiting for police to arrive.

The woman “was hysterical” after the crash and the deployment of her small vehicle’s air bag, Strout said.

Barricades were put up to block traffic on Thirteenth Street between Union and Rutland streets, which was closed for about an hour.

Three Bangor Hydro Electric Co. repair trucks arrived at the scene and within an hour had the broken pole removed. The crash cut power to residents on Thirteenth Street, one crew member said.

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