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Hit & Run Driver Turns Himself In To Eastport Police - Feb. 24, 2013

EASTPORT, Maine (WQDY NEWS)- The driver who fled the scene of a crash after striking a utility pole in Eastport early Saturday has turned himself in..


ABOVE: Cables down on Route 190 Saturday morning-Tom McLaughlin WQDY NEWS PHOTO  

Sgt. Justin Leighton told WQDY NEWS said Jerry McPhail, 42, of Perry,  was issued two summonses;  one was for aggravated criminal mischief and the second was for leaving the scene of a PI (personal injury) accident.

McPhail has two court dates on the summonses -- April 2 for the leaving the scene of a PI accident summons and May 20 for the aggravated criminal mischief  summons. "It's a Class C so that goes to Superior Court," Leighton said..

Leighton cited speed and alcohol as factors in the crash.


ABOVE: McPhail's 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup truck was impounded by the Eastport police-Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm .    

Officer Rodney Merritt responded to the crash scene at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the corner on County Road at the intersection with Washington Street and Deep Cove Road.

McPhail left no skid marks.

The impact broke the pole and brought electric and telephone lines down with it plunging a wide part of Eastport into darkness. The outage affected businesses from the IGA to downtown as well as residences.

Power wasn't restored until about 11 a.m.  --some ten hours later.

STORY: Tom McLaughlin WQDY-WALZ news@wqdy.fm