June 19, 2018
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Fort Fairfield man faces charges in connection with hit-and-run of horse-drawn buggy

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

EASTON, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man is facing multiple charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash Monday on Route 1A involving a horse-drawn buggy driven by a 16-year-old member of a local Amish community.

Brandon Clark, 20, a student at the University of Maine, was located Monday evening by officers with the Maine State Police after his 2013 Volkswagen was identified as the one involved in the accident.

According to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police, Clark was driving south on Route 1A when he struck the rear of the buggy. The buggy’s operator was thrown off and the buggy traveled off the road, onto a lawn and was destroyed.

Neither the youth driving it nor the horse were injured, according to Harris. There is an Amish community in Aroostook County that regularly uses horses and buggies for transportation.

Clark fled the scene and the car involved was described in a press release issued Monday by Maine State Police as a newer-style black Volkswagen that should have front-end damage.

The state police reported in a separate release Tuesday that Clark had been located and charged after receiving a number of tips from the public. Clark, who did not suffer any injuries from the accident, has been charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to endanger, failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle and failure to use caution when passing an animal.

He is expected to make his first court appearance sometime in January, according to information released Tuesday afternoon by Maine State Police Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Brandon Clark was summoned to court but was not arrested as stated previously.

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