June 19, 2018
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Sedgwick man faces OUI charge in accident that closed Route 15

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

SEDGWICK, Maine — A local man is facing charges in connection with an accident Wednesday night that shut down part of Route 15, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Keith A. Kegley, 31, was summoned on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants following the July 3 accident, the sheriff’s department indicated in a report summary.

Police say Kegley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound around 6:15 p.m. on the Caterpillar Hill section of the road when the truck drifted into the northbound lane. James M. Grindle, 45, of Eastbrook was driving a 2001 Sterling box truck in the northbound lane when Kegley’s vehicle crossed the centerline, police said. The two vehicles collided head-on.

Neither man suffered life-threatening injuries, nor did the two passengers in Kegley’s truck, according to police. Grindle was taken by Peninsula Ambulance to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for treatment of back pain. Kegley complained of pain in his clavicle, shoulder, knee and right foot and was treated at BHMH, from which he later was released. Kegley’s passengers, Ariela Martinez and Travis Ruggiero, initially declined to be taken to a hospital but later went on their own for treatment of aches and pains before being released.

Both vehicles were demolished in the collision, police said, which caused part of the road to be shut down for several hours as response personnel removed the wrecks and cleaned up spilled fuel from the scene.

Besides Peninsula Ambulance, fire departments from Sedgwick and Brooksville, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and Clean Harbors assisted at the accident scene, the sheriff’s department said.

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