Kingfield man facing charges after allegedly leaving scene of car accident

Posted March 12, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.

NEW PORTLAND, Maine — A Kingfield man involved in a property-damage accident Tuesday is facing charges after he apparently fled the scene, police said.

Michael Corcoran, 34, rear-ended a Kia driven by Jessica Torrey, 31, of New Portland on Middle Road shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Both vehicles had substantial damage, according to Lancaster, but neither driver was injured.

Following the accident, Corcoran apparently told Torrey that he was not insured and asked that the police not be notified, Lancaster said. Upon realizing police had been contacted, Corcoran pulled a homemade knife out of his vehicle and fled on foot.

“At this point in the investigation, it is believed that Mr. Corcoran made no physical threats,” said Lancaster.

Franklin County Deputy Corporal Chris Chase responded to the scene and initiated a track with his canine partner, Abby, Lancaster said. While the track was initiated, Corcoran was located on Route 27 by Somerset County Deputy David Cole. Chase and Abby joined Cole in finding Corcoran.

Corcoran was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating without a license, Lancaster said.

He remained at Somerset County Jail on Wednesday.

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