A Knox man was arrested on several charges Saturday, Oct. 23, after he allegedly ran from the scene of an accident and left his passenger trapped in the vehicle with severe injuries.

As a result of the accident, Brian Ginn, 53, of Knox was arrested on the following charges: felony operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, displaying a fictitious inspection sticker, driving to endanger, improper passing and inadequate tires.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said police were called to a one-car traffic accident on Route 7 in Brooks just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

When Deputies Nick Oettinger and Kevin Littlefield and Sgt. Dale Brown arrived, they located a badly damaged blue 1996 Ford pickup situated in a ditch on the east side of the road. Because of the extensive damage to the vehicle, the officers surmised that it had rolled over.

Keating said the officers found the passenger, Marshall Lowe, still inside the vehicle. Lowe, who Keating said was complaining of pain as a result of the accident, told police that there was also a male driver involved, but refused to identify him.

Brooks Fire and Ambulance personnel used the Jaws of Life to free Lowe from the vehicle. Lowe was transported via ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast to be treated for head, neck and back injuries.

Just down the road, the officers noticed a man driving a Massey Ferguson farm tractor alongside the road and approached the operator to inquire about the accident.

Keating said the tractor operator told police that a blue pickup truck had passed him. The tractor operator said it appeared the truck then traveled too far past the white fog line alongside the road. From there, the witness told police, the tires went partially into the ditch, struck a culvert and went airborne. Keating said the truck rolled after it hit the ground.

The witness also told police that a male was ejected from the truck, and after lying next to the truck for a brief period, the male got up and started walking south on Route 7. The male was later identified as Ginn.

The witness was able to give police a physical description of the man who left the scene, and within 40 minutes, Littlefield spotted a man hiding in a wooded area near the accident scene. The man identified himself as Brian Ginn.

Littlefield noted in his report that Ginn had bloody hands and other injuries that suggested he had been involved in an accident. Ginn was placed under arrest and transported to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, where he was treated and released. Ginn was then transported to the Waldo County jail.

Ginn is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, Dec. 30.