Poor advice to alleged drunk driver prompts dash from crash scene
Belfast — A Belfast woman who police say took the advice of a bystander who reportedly told her to leave the scene after backing into a vehicle at a local pub Friday night, March 21, is now facing charges that include operating under the influence.
Following the incident, police arrested Alicia Kinney, 30, of Belfast on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating under the influence.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham with the Belfast Police Department said police were alerted to the situation just after 11 p.m., when an individual approached Belfast Sgt. Brian Lunt, who was patrolling in the vicinity of Front Street Pub.
"They said they just saw Alicia Kinney back into another car and then take off," said Cunningham Monday, March 24.
Cunningham said Lunt then went to Kinney's residence at a nearby apartment complex and spotted her vehicle parked outside. Cunningham said the car had visible damage to the rear drivers' side.
"She answered the door, she was visibly intoxicated and they did field sobriety tests on her," said Cunningham.
From there, Cunningham said, Lunt transported Kinney to the Waldo County Jail, where a breath test showed her blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.
Cunningham said Kinney told the officer she knew she hit the vehicle before she left the scene.
"She said she knew she hit the car but then somebody told her she should leave, so she did," said Cunningham.
Kinney is scheduled to appear in court May 6.