Boothbay man accused of driving drunk after rolling pickup on Turnpike

Posted April 21, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.

GARDINER, Maine — A Boothbay man was charged with drunk driving after the pickup truck he was driving rolled off the Maine Turnpike on Friday night, state police said.

Police had received several complaints that Jonathan McNutt, 31, was driving intoxicated and had been following several vehicles in close proximity on Interstate 295, according to Trooper Lee Vanadestine.

“There were several complaints on his operation northbound from the Richmond area,” Vanadestine said.

Troopers had been on the lookout for McNutt, who has a prior OUI charge on his record, but weren’t able to get behind the Chevy pickup he was driving, Vanadestine said.

McNutt lost control of the pickup in the turnpike’s northbound lanes at mile marker 106, hitting the guardrail and rolling three times before coming to rest off the side of the road, the trooper said.

Despite being trapped in the vehicle and partially ejected, McNutt was not seriously hurt and was released from a local hospital by Saturday morning, Vanadestine said. The pickup, which belonged to McNutt’s father, was demolished.

McNutt is scheduled to appear in court on June 11 to face the OUI charge. His blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident is unknown, as toxicology tests are pending.

“It’s going to take a few weeks to get that result back,” Vanadestine said.

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