Intoxicated Hermon woman gets stuck, spins tires until car catches fire, say Hampden police

Posted Oct. 05, 2013, at 7:05 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 06, 2013, at 9:05 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Hermon woman who drove to town early Wednesday to drop off some friends after drinking at a Bangor bar, apparently got disoriented on Canoe Club Road and drove over a lawn and got stuck in the woods, Hampden police Officer Ben Eyles said Saturday.

“She got turned around and confused and ended up spinning her tires until the car caught fire,” the officer said.

Barbara Willigar, 44, was driving a recently purchased 2011 Kia SUV that still had the paper registration plates, said Eyles, who gave her a field sobriety test. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.

Willigar and her Hampden friends were at the Penobscot Pour House on Larkin Street in Bangor before driving to town and getting stuck at around 2 a.m., the officer said.

“She got into someone’s driveway, drove across this guy’s lawn and got stuck,” Eyles said. “She was spinning her tires in an attempt to get free. She did that to the point the car caught fire and burned.”

The vehicle was destroyed, with much of it melted, by the time firefighters arrived, the officer said.

“There was nothing left,” Eyles said.

Willigar was given an Intoxilyzer test at Penobscot County Jail and her blood alcohol exceeded the state’s legal limit to drive, the Hampden officer said.

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