MAPLETON, Maine — A Caribou man was arrested and charged with operating under the influence after a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening, according to Aroostook County Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandell.
In a release issued Monday afternoon, Crandell said Raymond Salch, 58, of Caribou was traveling eastbound on Route 163 in Mapleton when his 1999 Ford van left the road and struck a utility pole.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene they saw that Salch had tried to leave the scene but instead drove across the road and got stuck in the ditch, Crandall said.
Deputies administered a roadside sobriety test and subsequently charged Salch with OUI. His initial court appearance is Feb. 5, 2014, in Presque Isle, Crandall said.
The utility pole was not damaged, but Salch’s van had more than $1,000 in damage, the chief deputy said.
The incident was investigated by Deputies Michael Montpetit and Ryan Doughty.