Deputy’s cruiser broadsides car in front of UMPI

Posted Dec. 17, 2013, at 6:20 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A deputy with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when his cruiser collided with another vehicle on U.S. Route 1 near the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Sgt. Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday evening that Deputy Robert Thibeau, 39, was driving south in a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria when Taylor Lawrence, 21, of Easton, who was headed north, attempted to turn into UMPI.

Seeley said Lawrence told police that he was watching traffic moving in and out of the university and did not see the sheriff’s department cruiser when he turned to drive into the campus.

Thibeau’s cruiser broadsided the passenger side of Lawrence’s 2005 Ford car, the Presque Isle police sergeant said.

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Both men were wearing seat belts and no one was injured.

The cruiser had front-end damage and was towed from the scene. Lawrence’s vehicle also had significant damage.

State Police Trooper Jillian Monahan assisted at the scene.

No charges will be filed, according to Seeley.

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