PARIS — A West Paris man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges Thursday night when a state trooper saw him crash his truck into another vehicle in the parking lot behind the Smilin’ Moose Tavern on Market Square.
Zachary P. Severance, 21, of 20 Ellingwood Road, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, failure to submit to arrest and driving to endanger,
According to a report by Trooper Daniel Hanson of the Maine State Police, Hanson was in the Smilin’ Moose parking lot when he heard an engine revving. When he looked over, he watched a white pickup truck crash into another car.
Hanson ran over to the truck, according to the report, as the driver got out. The driver, later identified as Severance, said he was OK, but Hanson said he could smell alcohol on the man and that Severance was having trouble standing straight.
According to Hanson’s report, Severance said someone else had been driving, but Hanson didn’t see anyone else leaving the truck. Severance reportedly tried to get back into the truck. Hanson told him to stop, then grabbed his arm, he said, but Severance pulled away. He pulled Severance to the ground and handcuffed him while the man continued to resist arrest, Hanson wrote.
A witness outside the bar later told Hanson he tried to convince Severance not to drive.
Severance was released from Oxford County Jail on personal recognizance Friday. He is set to appear in South Paris District Court on Dec. 18.
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