June 23, 2018
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Police looking for Patten man who fled scene of snowmobile crash

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PATTEN, Maine — Police are looking for a Patten man who reportedly fled the scene of a snowmobile crash Thursday night.

Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said in a statement Friday that the accident happened just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Heald Avenue and Pleasant Street in Patten. Trooper Carman Lilley, who investigated the crash, determined that the snowsled, being operated by Ronald McGraw, 39, of Patten, was driving on Heald Avenue when he struck a parked tractor-trailer owned by Kerry Swallow of Patten.

A passenger on the sled, Michael Grant, 27, of Patten suffered a possible broken leg in the crash.

Harris said that McGraw fled the scene on the sled while Grant stayed behind and later was taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The 2007 Peterbilt owned by Swallow was not damaged in the accident, and damage to the snowsled is unknown because it had left the scene before the trooper’s arrival.

Harris said that attempts to locate McGraw have been unsuccessful.

Troopers still are looking for McGraw to speak to him about the accident.

Anyone with information regarding McGraw’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Maine State Police at 532-5400.

Lilley was assisted by Trooper Jillian Monahan and Patten Fire and Ambulance.

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