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Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Cracking Down on Underage Drinking in Castine

1209277_cold_beer_glass_isolated_on_white sxchu username engindeniz.jpgA Maine Maritime Academy student was recently charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after he was hurt in a one-car crash. According to Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Kane, 20-year-old Stefan Clugston of South Freeport suffered face and head injuries after he crossed the center line on Water Street, left the roadway, and drove into an embankment in Castine. Before charging the student, Deputy Kane allegedly transported Clugston to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The majority of automobile accidents that occurred in Castine this fall purportedly involved Maine Maritime Academy students. In November, seven students were charged with underage alcohol violations that included an alleged drunken joyriding incident within a single week after local police reportedly began doubling patrols near the campus. According to Chris Thornton, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy and Coordinator for the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team, the rate of underage alcohol violations in Castine merited the additional patrols.

Although underage drinking is not a problem that is confined exclusively to the school, Chief Deputy Richard Bishop said alcohol violations by minors who attend the Maine Maritime Academy appear to be on the rise. The school itself has reportedly made attempts to curb underage drinking by working with local police to educate students regarding responsible alcohol consumption. In addition, minor students who are caught with alcohol allegedly risk fines and suspension from the school’s Alcohol Hearings Board. The school’s Honor Board also may expel students who violate alcohol rules while committing a crime such as operating a vehicle while impaired.

According to the National Institutes of Health, at least 5,000 people under age 21 are killed in a motor vehicle crash that involves alcohol every year in the United States. In 2008, almost 200,000 minors were reportedly treated for injuries sustained in an alcohol-related accident. Underage drinking can cause poor or impaired judgment and other difficulties. If you were harmed in a collision that was caused by a drunk or impaired driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact a skilled Maine car accident lawyer as soon as you are able to discuss your options for recovery.

If you or someone you love was hurt or killed by an intoxicated motorist, you should call Briggs & Wholey toll free at (888) 596-1099. The hardworking Castine automobile accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals who were hurt by someone else’s negligent act. At Briggs & Wholey, our dedicated lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury case. Our capable attorneys assist injured clients and their loved ones with receiving the compensation they deserve throughout Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a qualified lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey through our website.

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Additional Resources:

Maine Maritime Academy student injured in car accident, charged with OUI, by Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News
Recent alcohol charges highlight Hancock County hotspot of underage drinking at MMA, by Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News

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