BATH, Maine — A 22-year-old man has been arrested after striking a pedestrian with his vehicle on Wednesday morning, according to Bath police Lt. Robert Savary.

James Black of Bath is facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault, Savary said. The incident occurred when the victim, an employee of Bath Iron Works, was intentionally hit while walking to work, Savary said.

Despite suffering significant injuries, the victim continued to walk a half-mile to work, calling police as he arrived, the lieutenant said. He was taken to Midcoast Hospital for treatment.

The victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, Savory added.

The victim was able to give police a limited description of Black’s vehicle, Savory said, and told police Black made some offensive comments to him just before being struck.

After the victim was hit by the car, which propelled him over it and caused him to strike the windshield, roof and rear of the vehicle, Black allegedly fled.

Information provided to police led them to find the vehicle in a wooded area in Phippsburg belonging to Black’s family, and Black was later located at his residence and taken into custody, Savary said.

Black was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail and is being held without bail. He had been on bail for a previous DUI charge.


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