Police searching for man who drove off after damaging utility pole in Hermon

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 01, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a man who drove off after striking a utility pole guy wire causing the pole to split.

At about 7:50 a.m. Friday, a man left C&K Variety after making a purchase and pulled onto Billings Road, according to Deputy Michael Parady. The man then turned onto U.S. Route 2 and made an immediate left when he struck the guy wire in front of Vacationland Appraisers.

The dark blue Chevrolet Trailblazer is seen by surveillance video backing up and then pulling into a parking lot where the driver gets out and removes a magnetic dealer plate from the back of the vehicle and drives off, said Parady. It’s unclear what dealer the vehicle came from, he added.

Police are developing a photo from the surveillance footage, but it was not available Friday afternoon.

Parady described the driver as a man in his 50s with thin build, mustache and wearing a baseball cap and Carhartt jacket. Parady said he was unsure of the year of the Trailblazer, but he didn’t think it was a newer model.

Power was not knocked out to area customers, but stress was placed on the lines.

Central Maine Power placed a temporary bolt into the pole to stabilize it. CMP will replace the pole on Friday. Parady said he estimated the damage to be between $3,000 and $4,000.

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