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Utility pole snapped

Updated: Man charged after erratic driving causes crash

By Kendra Caruso | Jun 17, 2020
Source: File photo.

Belfast — Brett Hayward, 46, of Northport, crashed into a utility pole in front of the Circle K at 209 Northport Ave. (Route 1), causing traffic to be rerouted Wednesday afternoon.

The call for the two-vehicle crash came in at 1:24 p.m. Hayward hit a vehicle driven by Lorraine Griffin, 56, of Boothbay, as she was making a turn into the store's parking lot. He clipped the turning vehicle, lost control and crashed into a telephone pole, snapping the pole in half, according to Deputy Police Chief Dean Jackson.

Witnesses said Hayward was seen passing vehicles in the right breakdown lane and on stretches of road with double yellow lines. He is being charged with driving to endanger and improper passing, according to Jackson.

Traffic was rerouted down Lower Congress Street and Perkins Road for several hours after the accident while Central Maine Power repaired the pole. He said the two people involved in the crash walked away with minor injuries.

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