June 23, 2018
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Man escapes injury, but not arrest, after crashing station wagon in Orland

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ORLAND, Maine — A local man escaped serious injury on Valentine’s Day after crashing his car into a utility pole but faces a charge of operating under the influence, police said.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 9 p.m. Thursday. The caller reportedly said there had been an accident on Happytown Road and the driver was unresponsive.

According to a police report by Deputy Ben Astbury, Thomas P. Fox, 36, was driving a Subaru station wagon north when he veered to the left, crossed the centerline and went off the road, striking a utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch on the southbound side of the road. The car, according to the report, was totaled.

Despite initial reports of injuries, emergency responders said Fox seemed unharmed.

“Evaluation at the scene by Bucksport Ambulance revealed no injuries or complaint of pain,” the report states.

Fox was taken to the Hancock County Jail on Thursday night and had made bail by Friday morning. No one from the jail administration’s office was working Friday, so bail information was unavailable.

On a first offense, operating under the influence is a Class D crime, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Punishments become more severe on subsequent offenses.

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