Police say driver in South Thomaston crash was drunk with three children in car

Posted May 10, 2014, at 8:45 a.m.
Last modified May 10, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday night and charged with drunken driving after crashing his vehicle with three young children inside.

No one was injured in the crash that occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Westbrook Street.

Deputy Paul Spear found a 2001 Chevy truck driven by Derrick Woodward off the road, according to a news release by Lt. Kirk Guerrette of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Woodward drove off the road on a curve and skidded approximately 100 feet. There was minimal damage to the vehicle.

Deputy Spear was patrolling the area and arrived seconds after the crash happened. Woodward was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. All three children were younger than 7 years old.

The children were turned over to relatives who were contacted by police.

Found in the vehicle was an opened full can of an alcoholic beverage and a 30-pack of beer, according to the sheriff’s office.