June 23, 2018
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Bowdoin man arrested after fleeing scene of crash that left passenger injured

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
Toby Johnston
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SOLON, Maine — A Bowdoin man was arrested early Sunday morning after he fled the scene of a crash that injured his passenger, police say.

At 12:44 a.m. Sunday, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 201 and West Road, Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II said in a statement.

A silver 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling northbound on Route 201 when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole, Gottardi said. The vehicle was totaled and the pole was snapped in half.

The passenger, who was not named, is also from Bowdoin and possibly suffered injuries. He was transported to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.

Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy David Cole discovered the driver had fled the scene on foot. Cole tracked the operator a few hundred yards into the woods with the assistance of a dog.

Toby Johnston, 35, was arrested and charged with operating while under the influence of intoxicating beverages and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both are Class D crimes, said Gottardi.

“Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this accident,” he said.

Deputy Cpl. Michael Ross and Maine state Trooper Chris Crawford assisted at the scene.

“The case will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office and further charges may be forthcoming,” said Gottardi.

Johnston was transported to Somerset County Jail in Madison, where he was released on $1,000 bail on Sunday evening. His conditions for release include not possessing or using alcohol or drugs, and he must submit to random searches.

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