CHELSEA, Maine — A Kennebec County man, who needed to be freed by witnesses from his overturned van, wound up going to jail Wednesday night when police learned he had been driving drunk.
Dana Darveau, 42, of Whitefield allegedly had been spotted taking out three mailboxes on the Windsor Road, according to Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.
Darveau apparently crashed his vehicle on Route 17 around 8 p.m., according to Reardon. Witnesses managed to push the overturned van onto its wheels and assist Darveau out of the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames before police arrived at the scene.
Reardon said Darveau reeked of alcohol when he was taken out of the vehicle, and the chief deputy said the first thing he asked for upon getting out of his vehicle was a beer.
Sheriff’s deputy Philip Lynch followed an ambulance to MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, where Darveau was treated for minor injuries, according to Reardon.
Upon speaking with the deputy after being treated, Darveau admitted to having a few beers and said he had no memory of the accident, Reardon said. It turned out Darveau was on bail for a Class B burglary charge, and one of the bail conditions prohibited him from drinking.
Darveau subsequently was arrested and charged with violating conditions of release and DUI, the chief deputy said.
“We were lucky that nobody was killed,” Reardon said.
Darveau was taken to Kennebec County Jail after his arrest.