Brewer woman charged with OUI after crashing car into fuel truck

Posted April 02, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.
Last modified April 02, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Maranda McCafferty, the driver of a sedan that collided with a fuel delivery truck, is checked by Maine State Police Trooper Desiree Wuthenow (left) and Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock in Winterport on Wednesday.
Maranda McCafferty, the driver of a sedan that collided with a fuel delivery truck, is checked by Maine State Police Trooper Desiree Wuthenow (left) and Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock in Winterport on Wednesday.
This car collided with a fuel truck in Winterport on Wednesday.  The driver of the sedan, Maranda McCafferty, was later taken away by Maine State Police and has been charged.
This car collided with a fuel truck in Winterport on Wednesday. The driver of the sedan, Maranda McCafferty, was later taken away by Maine State Police and has been charged.
A sedan driven by Maranda McCafferty collided with a fuel truck in Winterport on Wednesday.
A sedan driven by Maranda McCafferty collided with a fuel truck in Winterport on Wednesday.
A sedan (right) driven by Maranda McCafferty collided with a fuel delivery truck in Winterport on Wednesday.
A sedan (right) driven by Maranda McCafferty collided with a fuel delivery truck in Winterport on Wednesday.

WINTERPORT, Maine — A Brewer woman who crashed her car into a fuel delivery truck Wednesday has been charged with operating under the influence, a Maine State Police trooper said.

Charged with OUI was 31-year-old Maranda McCafferty, according to Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock.

The crash happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Main Street, 12 minutes after area police received a complaint about an erratic driver heading south on Route 1A in Hampden, Wesbrock said.

When she reached Winterport, McCafferty’s Chrysler Sebring sideswiped a northbound VL Tammaro Oil Co. tanker truck driven by Darrin Lyon. Neither driver was injured, Wesbrock said.

In addition to the OUI, McCafferty was charged with violating the conditions of her release from a prior arrest and distracted driving, the trooper said. He said McCafferty was reaching for her cell phone when she struck the truck.

McCafferty was arrested and taken to Waldo County Jail, Wesbrock said.

Wednesday’s episode was not McCafferty’s first brush with the law this year. In January, she was arrested by Brewer police after a traffic stop led to the discovery of Suboxone in her possession.

McCafferty was a passenger in a vehicle that Officer Amy Nickerson had pulled over. The driver, who was not charged, had a suspended license and was on probation. Part of the driver’s probation required a search of his residence, where McCafferty had been staying.

Nickerson went to the residence with McCafferty and the driver. Once there, McCafferty said she had to go upstairs to change a baby diaper and Nickerson followed her, according to Moffitt.

The officer waited until McCafferty was finished changing the diaper to question her. When Nickerson questioned the woman, spoons, needles, a pill bottle and a package of Suboxone dropped out of McCafferty’s jacket onto the floor.

McCafferty was charged with drug possession, possession of a hypodermic needle, falsifying physical evidence and possession of marijuana.

 

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