Cushing woman involved in Route 1 crash charged with drunken driving
Searsport — A Cushing woman who crashed her vehicle in downtown Searsport last month has been summoned for operating under the influence in connection with the accident, which slowed Route 1 traffic and left some drivers frustrated to the point of throwing fruit at emergency workers at the scene.
Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye summoned 44-year-old Kelly Hynd of Cushing on the drunken driving charge Friday, June 13, following an investigation of the collision on the afternoon of May 12. Hynd struck a utility pole, which police say led to the interruption of Route 1 traffic and a power outage.
At one point a motorist grew frustrated and apparently threw an orange at a firefighter while he was directing traffic around the crash scene, LaHaye said.
At the time of the crash, Hynd told police she became distracted when she answered her cellphone. The vehicle then swerved off the road and hit the pole, breaking it off at the base and totaling the Ford Escape Hynd was driving.
Hynd was transported to Waldo County General Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Traffic was rerouted for several hours to allow utility crews to make repairs and replace the broken pole.