LIMERICK, Maine — An Alfred man is facing multiple charges after his van struck a utility pole on Route 5 on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The crash involving James Hobbs, 52, caused the utility pole to break, and wires were strewn across the road as a result, according to Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
With deputies assigned to other calls at the time of the 4:30 p.m. crash, Sheriff Maurice Ouellette, who was in the area, responded to the scene, King said.
Hobbs was conscious but dazed when police and rescue units arrived, according to King. Shortly after Limerick rescue workers attended to him, Hobbs apparently got out of the mangled vehicle and fled into the woods.
Deputy Tom Searway located Hobbs in the woods and ordered him to stop, but Hobbs fled deeper into the brush, prompting Searway to give chase, King said
Hobbs stopped when Searway threatened to deploy his Taser. The deputy aided him out of the woods and Hobbs was later transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Hobbs was released from the hospital at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, upon which he was taken to the York County Jail and charged with OUI, operating after suspension, operating after suspension as a habitual offender and leaving the scene of an accident, King said.
Police learned Hobbs had four outstanding warrants for his arrest, King said, including operating under the influence and failure to stop for a police officer. One of the warrants requires him to spend 96 hours behind bars, after which he is eligible to post $4,160 bail, a combination of $1,560 on the new charges and $2,160 on the warrants.
The road was closed until 6 p.m. while Central Maine Power crews cleaned up the scene.