June 21, 2018
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Woman charged in connection with May accident that caused other drivers to see red

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

SEARSPORT, Maine — A woman who sheared off a utility pole last month in downtown Searsport, which caused traffic to be rerouted from U.S. Route 1 for about four hours, has been issued a summons for operating under the influence.

Kelly Hynd, 44, of Cushing, initially told police she was distracted by her cellphone ringing the afternoon of May 12 when she veered off the road and broke the utility pole at ground level. Her Ford Escape was totaled, and the broken pole caused power outages, as well as disruptions to telephone and cable service throughout town. Several businesses sent employees home because of the power outage, and traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare was redirected until repair crews from the various utilities could set up a new pole and get the services up and running again.

The three-mile detour was not appreciated by other drivers, Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye told the BDN in May.

“We had some very rude, irate motorists,” he said. “Quite frankly, I’m appalled.”

One angry motorist threw an orange at one of the firefighters directing traffic. Officials weren’t able to get a license plate from the citrus-tosser, but that action, and the vocal complaints of other drivers, left a sour taste, LaHaye said then.

“That’s just ignorant,” he said. “The last thing that law enforcement wants to do in any accident situation is to reroute traffic. But sometimes, for the safety of everyone, it’s the best thing to do.”

LaHaye said Wednesday that Hynd was issued a summons Friday, June 13 in connection with the accident. LaHaye said officials are not releasing any specific information about her blood alcohol level at the time of the incident.

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