Truck 'all over the road' catches attention of fire chief, police
Montville — Police say an Albion man was so intoxicated while driving through Montville late on Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, that he struck at least three fixed objects and drew the attention of the local fire chief, who alerted the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Paul Flynn, 51, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of property damage accidents and operating under the influence (with one prior conviction) following a series of events that police say began at about 11:43 a.m.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said police received a call from Montville Fire Chief John York, who reported that he was following the tire tracks of a truck that appeared to be "all over the road." Trafton said York followed the tire tracks until he caught up with a black 2012 GMC Sierra on North Mountain Valley Highway. The fire chief continued to follow the truck, and Trafton said York observed the driver — who was later identified as Flynn — strike the corner of a Chevrolet Blazer that York believed belonged to the local mail carrier.
"He hit a street sign, and he struck a utility pole with his plow," said Trafton.
Trafton said police caught up with Flynn a short time later at a residence in Knox, and after speaking with the officers, Flynn was placed under arrest.
"He was severely under the influence of alcohol," said Trafton, who noted that a blood test on Flynn's blood alcohol content at the time of the incident is still pending.
Trafton credited York for his willingness to assist police.
"He basically tried to stay with the guy until a deputy got out there," said Trafton. "Luckily [Flynn] didn't hurt anybody."
Flynn is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Feb. 5.