In December, a 23-year-old Buxton man was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OUI) following a collision in Saco. According to Saco Deputy Chief Jeff Holland, authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident on Mast Hill Road around 11 pm. When officers arrived, they reportedly discovered wires in the roadway and a damaged power pole. In addition, a Mercedes that was purportedly involved in the crash was on fire. A Lincoln sedan that was allegedly driven by a 25-year-old Saco man also sustained significant damage.
Following the accident, the 23-year-old motorist was purportedly taken to Southern Maine Medical Center for minor injuries. After the man was released from the hospital, he was allegedly taken into custody on four active York County arrest warrants. In addition, Holland stated the driver received a summons for OUI, driving on a suspended license, and refusing to sign a criminal summons in connection with the Saco wreck. The man was reportedly later released on bail.
The exact cause of the Saco accident is now under investigation by the Saco Police Department. The driver of the Lincoln was allegedly uninjured in the collision.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in excess of 16,000 people were killed across the country in alcohol-related accidents in 2005. In Maine, 10,569 people were charged with OUI in 2006. Anyone over age 21 who is arrested for OUI with a blood alcohol content higher than Maine’s .08 legal limit will have their license to drive a vehicle immediately suspended by the Secretary of State. In addition, motorists under age 21 with a measurable amount of alcohol in their system will have their operator’s license suspended for at least one year. If another individual under age 21 is traveling as a passenger in the vehicle, the suspension is extended to 180 days. Anyone who refuses a blood alcohol test in Maine will reportedly receive a harsher penalty including jail time if later convicted of OUI.
Each year, thousands of people are hurt by drivers who make the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. Alcohol and other drugs can cause poor judgment and other driving difficulties. In addition to criminal charges, an impaired driver may also be held financially responsible for any personal injuries he or she caused. If you were hurt in a traffic accident that was caused by a drunk or otherwise impaired motorist, you may be eligible to recover for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you have questions about your rights following an injury accident, you should contact a quality Maine car crash attorney to discuss your options for recovery.
If you were harmed or a family member was killed in a Maine traffic accident, please call Briggs & Wholey, LLC toll free at (888) 596-1099 today. The hardworking Saco car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience representing individuals who were hurt by another driver. At Briggs & Wholey, our dedicated attorneys are available to answer any questions you may have and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our knowledgeable advocates help injured clients receive the compensation they deserve following an unexpected crash throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney, do not hesitate to contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.
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