April 21, 2018
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Rumford man in crash charged with OUI, eluding officer

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster

RUMFORD, Maine — A Rumford man was arrested early Sunday morning after eluding an officer and crashing his vehicle head-on into a utility pole on Franklin Street.

Coty A. Beardsley, 27, was booked at the Oxford County Jail at 3:21 a.m. Sunday accused of operating under the influence, driving to endanger and failure to stop for an officer.

According to Police Chief Stacey Carter, at 1:15 a.m. Rumford Officer Joshua Holland saw a vehicle on Lincoln Avenue traveling over the posted speed limit and with a broken brake light hanging off the vehicle.

Holland attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped up and took off, heading east on Lincoln Avenue, Carter said.

The posted speed limit on Lincoln Avenue is 25 mph, Carter said, and the vehicle was going about 33 mph when Holland tried to pull it over.

The chase reportedly was brief. According to Carter, the driver attempted to maneuver a turn on Franklin Street, but because he was going too fast, the vehicle skidded out of control and smashed head-on into a utility pole.

Beardsley showed signs of intoxication when he emerged from the vehicle and refused to submit to a field sobriety test, Carter said. Beardsley was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Beardsley was taken to Rumford Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening before he was transferred to the Oxford County Jail.

The vehicle was disabled in the accident and towed from the scene, Carter said.

Beardsley is expected to appear in Rumford District Court on Oct. 8.

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