January 16, 2018
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Police chief urges caution after 4 crashes on Saturday in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

WISCASSET, Maine — A New Jersey man remained in critical condition Monday afternoon after a motorcycle crash Saturday on Route 1.

The crash was the most serious of four collisions in town that day, prompting Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline to warn motorists to pay attention when driving through the busy downtown.

Andrei Dambuleff, 21, of Frenchtown, New Jersey, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after the crash at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Cline said in a release Monday.

Witnesses reported to police that Dambuleff was traveling south on Bath Road near the intersection of Birch Point Road on a 1975 BMW motorcycle when he crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Hyundai Accent driven by 29-year-old Paul Wells of Dresden, which was headed north.

Wells was treated and released from Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta.

As a result of the collision, Route 1 was closed to traffic for about two hours on Saturday morning.

Sgt. Jason Nein of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is reconstructing the crash, which remains under investigation.

A 64-year-old South Portland woman remained in satisfactory condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Monday after a crash just before 4 p.m. Saturday, also on Route 1 in Wiscasset.

Caryl Tardiff was driving a 2001 Lexus south on Route 1 and was unable to stop when a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 54-year-old Mark Barter turned into Tardiff’s path, according to Cline.

Tardiff’s passenger, 65-year-old Michael Tardiff of South Portland, also was taken to Maine Medical Center for injuries, and Barter was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Their conditions were not available on Monday.

No one was injured in a third crash Saturday on the stretch of Route 1 that passes through Wiscasset. The third crash took place just before 1 p.m. near Beechnut Hill Road.

Cline reminded drivers that traffic is heavy on Route 1 during the summer.

“Please pay attention to your surroundings, and be patient with delays,” he said.

In another area of Wiscasset, a Dresden man was charged with operating under the influence after a fourth Saturday crash, at about noon.

Nathaniel Hanley, 26, crashed a 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup on Willow Lane near Montsweag Brook, according to Cline.

Hanley was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset after his breathalyzer test allegedly indicated his blood alcohol level was 0.17 percent, or more than twice Maine’s legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle.

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