Man faces OUI after 2 accidents in one night

Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 8:16 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Searsport man accused of getting into two accidents in one night was arrested over the weekend and charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Michael G. Feeley, 32, first came to the attention of Searsport police before 6 p.m. Saturday when a woman called to complain about his “driving around drunk,” according to Belfast Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton. The Searsport Police Department asked Belfast police for help trying to find him, but officers couldn’t locate Feeley, Trafton said.

Then a Searsport officer reached Feeley on the phone and obtained a verbal promise that he would stay off the road.

“He told an officer he wouldn’t be driving anymore that night,” Trafton said.

Early the next morning, Feeley popped back on police radar.

Belfast officers got a report at 3:38 a.m. Sunday that a volunteer paramedic saw a vehicle that apparently had driven off the road on the Back Searsport Road.

Feeley was found uninjured inside the white 1997 Jeep, Trafton said, but he was so intoxicated that he had vomited in the car.

Feeley was cooperative and didn’t argue when officers arrested him and took him to Waldo County Jail.

Later Sunday morning, Belfast police received a complaint from Mack Page, who owns the train museum at City Point on the outskirts of Belfast.

A vehicle apparently had struck some items in the train museum, leaving some car parts behind. Among other things, the vehicle had knocked over a big train wheel, had hit some steps on a train car, knocked over a no-trespassing sign and damaged the lawn, Trafton said.

The vehicle parts matched Feeley’s Jeep, the chief said.

Feeley, who refused to have his blood alcohol level tested when arrested, has since posted bailed out of Waldo County Jail.

He will appear at Waldo County District Court on Dec. 21, said Trafton, who added that when OUI suspects refuse to be tested, they can have their driver’s license taken away for a longer period of time.

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