Police: Minot man asleep at wheel drives through Jay Historical Society Museum

Posted April 04, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.

JAY, Maine — A Minot man told police he fell asleep at the wheel Tuesday night on Route 4 when his car drove through the Jay Historical Society Museum at the top of Jay Hill. No one was injured.

When Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier responded to the 10:53 p.m. call, Shaun Sirois, 33, was standing outside of the building, Police Chief Larry White Sr. said.

Sirois was driving south when his Subaru Forester crossed into the northbound lane, left the roadway and drove in front of the Jay Fire Museum and then struck the society’s new building, White said.

The car struck the corner of the building, just missing a propane tank, and went through the exterior and interior walls before partially exiting on the other side, White said.

There is significant damage, White said. The electrical meter box was severed.

Jay firefighters assisted at the scene.

The new building was built after a vehicle struck the society’s garage that was located in the same vicinity.

The society’s main house was not damaged.

 

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