Brooklin man arrested after allegedly fleeing from scene of drunken car crash

Posted June 19, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
Last modified June 19, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Brooklin man faces a list of charges after fleeing from an accident and leading police on a search through the woods, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

David Harriman, 58, allegedly crashed his 2002 GMC Yukon into a tree on Naskeag Road in Brooklin on Tuesday evening. Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was alerted by members of a local fire department, who also responded, that Harriman had run into the woods.

The deputy was joined by others from the sheriff’s office, who helped him search the woods for about 45 minutes before they found Harriman, who Frost determined had been drinking.

Harriman refused a field sobriety test, according to Chief Deputy Richard Bishop, which triggers an automatic charge of operating under the influence.

He also was charged with operating after suspension, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a Schedule Z drug. Frost reported finding two prescription drugs — an arthritis pain reliever and a muscle relaxant — that were not prescribed to Harriman.

Harriman was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to be medically cleared before being booked at Hancock County Jail around 3 a.m. Tuesday. He has since posted $350 cash bail. His first appearance in court is scheduled for Aug. 6.

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