OnStar crash alert leads Belfast police to alleged OUI

Posted April 08, 2013, at 3:08 p.m.
Last modified April 08, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police said that an automatic crash response system alerted officials early Sunday morning about a crash that they believe occurred because the driver was operating under the influence.

Sabrina Hazlett, 27, of Morrill drove into a ditch on Pitcher Road at 12:51 a.m., at which time her OnStar navigation system made an automated emergency 911 call to the Waldo County Communication Center to say that there had been an accident. The dispatcher was asked to speak with the vehicle’s occupant, but when Hazlett answered, she said, “Never mind,” and hung up, Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Monday.

Officers went to the scene of the reported crash and found Hazlett at the scene, McFadden said.

“The investigation turned into an OUI investigation shortly afterward,” he said.

Hazlett was issued a criminal summons for operating under the influence.