NORTHPORT, Maine — A St. George man was arrested Saturday after crashing his car into a guardrail and running into the woods.
Michael Wiley, 28, was arrested a short distance from the crash on Beech Hill Road. He was taken into custody on charges of operating while under the influence of intoxicants, operating after license suspension, operating an unregistered vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to report an accident by the quickest means, possession of scheduled drugs and violating conditions of release.
Witnesses called the Waldo County Communications Center at 4:33 p.m. Saturday to report that a vehicle had crashed into guardrails on Route 1 and the driver had fled the scene by running into nearby woods.
Deputies David Mushrall and Kevin Littlefield went to the scene and were met there by Camden Patrolman Adam Smith, who was investigating the possibility that the car in the wreck had been stolen. It later turned out it was not.
While the officers searched for the missing driver, state Trooper Shawn Porter and his dog Tex arrived and began tracking the driver. Littlefield located Wiley on Beech Hill Road and put him in his cruiser. A short time later, Tex and Porter emerged from the woods and Tex led the trooper to Littlefield’s cruiser door.
Wiley was taken to the Waldo County Jail, where he is being held without bail.