Driver who calls police seeking truck charged with failing to report crash

By Tanya Mitchell | Feb 18, 2014
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Prospect — A Penobscot man who called the Waldo County Sheriff's Office in search of his truck Thursday, Feb. 13, learned his vehicle was towed from the scene of an accident that police believed the man was involved in the previous night.

Steven Tartaglia, 38, of Penobscot, was summoned for failure to report an accident by the quickest of means after he called the sheriff's office stating he could not find his vehicle.

Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said when Tartaglia called looking for his truck, Trundy informed him that deputies found the truck in the woods off Fort Knox Road in Prospect and it had since been towed from the scene.

Trundy said deputies who went to the accident scene found the truck had sustained a fair amount of damage after it had somehow spun off the road and hit some trees before it came to rest.

Trundy said a witness to the accident had called to report it after encountering the driver, who was later identified as Tartaglia. The witness reportedly stated they suspected Tartaglia might have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Trundy said Tartaglia told him it was cold outside on the night of the crash, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m., so he left his truck in the woods and called a friend for a ride home. When Trundy informed Tartaglia that state law dictates drivers must report an accident as soon as possible, Tartaglia said he was unaware of that law.

Tartaglia is scheduled to appear at 5th District Court in Belfast Tuesday, March 18.

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