Police say intoxicated North Berwick motorist collided with cruiser

Posted Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:12 a.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — A motorist police say was intoxicated was in a collision with a North Berwick police cruiser at 12:55 a.m. Thursday morning by the Hurd Library on High Street.

Police say Matthew Johnson, 29, of North Berwick, driving a 2007 Dodge sedan, was traveling south when he crossed lanes and collided with a cruiser operated by Officer Matthew Begin.

Police say Begin attempted to avoid Johnson’s vehicle and steered toward a nearby ditch.

According to police, Johnson continued driving into the opposite lane and his car struck the cruiser, causing damage on the driver’s side from the rear door to the bumper.

Damage estimates are not yet complete but Chief Stephen Peasley is hopeful the cruiser is not a total loss.

Johnson was taken to York County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge April 9 in Springvale District Court.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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