Driver charged after leaving injured passenger at scene of rollover

By Tanya Mitchell | Oct 11, 2013
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Lincolnville — A Lincolnville man was charged this week in connection with a rollover accident, after which he allegedly left his injured female passenger without rendering aid or calling police to report the crash.

Leif McClellan, 30, of Lincolnville was summoned on charges of driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and failure to report the crash by the quickest of means, charges police say stem from a rollover accident on Route 52 just after 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

"It looks like he lost control, struck a utility pole and rolled the car over," said Lt. Jason Trundy, of Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

The vehicle rolled onto the drivers side before rolling again and coming to rest on its wheels, Trundy said.

Trundy said the driver, later identified as McClellan, fled the scene and left an injured female passenger in the vehicle. North East Mobile Health Services attendants examined the woman at the scene and then transported her to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.

"She had bumps and bruises, but no major injuries," said Trundy.

Maine State Police Trooper Stephen Hills and his K9 Lola assisted deputies in the subsequent search for McClellan, but Trundy said that search did not turn up any sign of the driver.

Later in the day, Trundy said McClellan called the sheriff’s office and spoke with Deputy Jordan Tozier. He reportedly told the deputy he didn't remember anything after his vehicle left the road.

"He said he didn't even know how he got home," Trundy said.

McClellan also told the officer he had not been drinking prior to the crash.

McClellan is due to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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