Millinocket teen struck by police car not injured, investigator says

Posted Dec. 27, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — A 16-year-old Millinocket boy escaped injury when he was struck by a town police car on Christmas night, a Maine State Police trooper said Friday.

The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. while the teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was crossing Central Street with another teenage boy from Millinocket, Trooper Ben Campbell said.

As they were doing so, Campbell said, Millinocket police Officer Gary Lakeman, who was driving home an intoxicated patron who had been ousted from a local bar, arrived in the area.

“He saw one of the pedestrians going across the street and when he tried to stop, his police car went into a skid and swerved to the right,” where it struck the other teenager, Campbell said. He said Lakeman indicated that he did not see the second pedestrian.

“It should be noted that [the teen who was struck] was wearing all black clothing,” Campbell said. He said the other teenager, the one that Lakeman saw and was trying to avoid, had a hunter orange hat on.

The teen was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital, where he was examined and then released.

“There were no injuries,” Campbell said.

Campbell said that roads were snowy when the accident happened.

As is standard procedure, the investigation was conducted by an outside agency, in this case, the Maine State Police, because the accident involved a town police office, Campbell said.

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