NOBLEBORO, Maine — A 40-year-old Harpswell man is in custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset after allegedly discharging a firearm before and after a car accident in Nobleboro on Thursday.
According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Mackenzie was arrested in Nobleboro after a sheriff’s deputy located him walking south on Center Street, near the scene of the crash.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rand Maker said Mackenzie allegedly fired shots before and after the accident. Deputies recovered a 12-gauge shotgun and spent casings during their investigation.
Mackenzie faces one count of operating under the influence and two counts of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.
Maker described the crash as a single-vehicle accident with the car ending up in a ditch without substantial damage.
“When confronted, Mr. Mackenzie initially refused to cooperate with commands,” according to the news release. “He was placed into custody with a minimal amount of force.”
According to the release, the Lincoln County Communications Center received a report of shots fired on Center Street in Damariscotta at 8:30 p.m., followed by a separate report of a traffic crash on Center Street in Nobleboro.
“While the deputy was responding to investigate this nearby crash, an additional report was received that the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash had fired a weapon into the air,” according to the news release.
When the deputy and a Damariscotta police officer arrived at the scene of the crash, the driver had fled. A second deputy located Mackenzie.
Mackenzie was taken to Two Bridges after an evaluation at a local hospital.
“Deputies are continuing their investigation into Mr. Mackenzie’s motivation for his actions,” according to the news release.
“We have a theory of what the motivation was, but we are still investigating that at this time,” Maker said.
“We have more interviews to conduct and evidence we need to process,” Maker said.