June 25, 2018
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Ludlow man accused of hitting house in Linneus, fleeing

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

LINNEUS, Maine — Maine State Police troopers arrested a Ludlow man Thursday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that resulted in thousand of dollars in damage to a Bangor Road house and to the vehicle he was driving.

Brian King, 55, is facing charges of failure to report an accident by quickest means and operating under the influence in connection with the incident, which occurred about 12:10 a.m. on Bangor Road, also known as Route 2A, state police Sgt. Brian Harris said Thursday in a news release.

The homeowner, Vera Kervin, told Trooper Carman Lilley she was sleeping in a bedroom in the house when she was awoken by a loud crash, Harris said.

Kervin got up and discovered that an SUV had struck the house near her bedroom window, ripping a large hole in the side of the house and causing a significant amount of damage.

Kervin told police that the driver of the vehicle managed to free it from the house and drove off without stopping to report the accident.

Lilley, with the help of personnel from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Houlton Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, searched the surrounding area in an effort to find the hit-and-run vehicle.

A short time later, Houlton police found the suspect vehicle — a 2007 Dodge Durango owned by King — parked behind a local business. Lilley and Harris later found King at his residence in Ludlow, where they interviewed him and then placed him under arrest.

Harris said King’s SUV had significant damage and was declared a total loss and that damage to Kervin’s house is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.

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