Searsport driver charged in Main Street hit-and-run crash
Searsport — Police charged a Searsport man in connection with a reported hit-and-run accident Tuesday, Dec. 10, after witnesses gave police a description of the man's truck, including his license plate number, as he allegedly drove away from the scene.
Police summoned Paul Hustus, 60, of Searsport, on charges of failure to give notice of an accident by the quickest of means and leaving the scene of a property damage accident following the incident, which Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said was first reported just before 4 p.m.
"It was reported as a hit-and-run crash on East Main Street in Searsport," said Trafton. "It was reported that someone had hit a parked vehicle, and then the truck continued without stopping, according to witnesses."
Trafton said witnesses at the scene described the alleged offending vehicle as a red Ford pickup truck and also provided officers with a license plate number. After running the plates, Trafton said, the investigation led police to Hustus' residence. After officers did not find Hustus at his home, they located him at a relative's residence a short time later.
Upon arrival, Trafton said, officers saw Hustus' 1993 Ford pickup parked in the driveway with what appeared to be new damage on the side of the truck.
"There were scratches up the whole length of the truck," said Trafton.
When police asked Hustus what had happened, Trafton said Hustus denied striking the parked 1996 Saab in downtown Searsport.
"He maintains that he didn't realize he hit anything," said Trafton.
Hustus is scheduled to appear at 5th District Court Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.