February 19, 2018
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Man faces charges in 1-car accident

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man faces charges after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Route 1A Saturday morning.

Dean Fernald, 30, was headed north on Route 1A near the Nicolin Trading Post at about 6:40 a.m. when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, according to Officer Bart Tokas of the Ellsworth Police Department. The car, a 2006 Ford Focus, went off the road and into a field, narrowly missing a utility pole. The vehicle struck a boulder, rolled over at least once and came to rest on its wheels.

There was no one in the car when Tokas arrived at the accident scene, but the officer found Fernald nearby. Although Fernald denied having been the driver, Tokas said further investigation helped him determine that Fernald was the driver.

Fernald complained of pain in his side and was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment. Tokas said it did not appear that Fernald had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Fernald was issued summonses for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, operating a motor vehicle while his license was under suspension and violation of conditions of release.

Fernald was not arrested.

The car was considered a total loss.

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