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Speed & Alcohol Factors In Eastport Crash, Lights Go Out Again - Oct. 14, 2013

EASTPORT, Maine  (WQDY NEWS) -- It's happened again. Another vehicle versus utility pole crash killed the power to a number of homes in Eastport early Sunday.   

It's the second time it's happened this year on the same corner involving the  same utility pole.

ABOVE: Bangor Hydro crews work to replace pole and restore power to parts of Eastport on Sunday morning- WQDY NEWS PHOTO

Power was finally restored around noon.

Several local stores in the city's business district were affected and could not open until then.  

The crash happened at about 2:07 a.m. Sunday, said Eastport Police Officer Dave Claroni.

"Eastport police responded to a crash near the intersection of Washington Street and County Road. It was a single car crash ...took out a utility pole.  Eastport firefighters and Downeast EMS assisted at the scene. Nobody was transported to the hospital. There was one subject taken into custody as a result," Claroni said.

Jeffrey Painter, 21, of Edmunds was taken to Washington County Jail. He was released on bail later Sunday.

Police said there was a male passenger in the vehicle who was also allegedly intoxicated -- but not injured in the crash.

The vehicle, a late model SUV, was totalled in the collision.

ABOVE: Eastport Police Chief Mark Emery does traffic on Rte 190 as utility crews work to restore power on Sunday morning-WQDY NEWS PHOTO

"The crash remains under investigation but I can tell you that speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash. It's the second time (for a crash at that location with the same result) this year.

The previous crash occurred Feb. 23 at 1 a.m. and it also took ten hours to restore the pole and power to the community.


ABOVE: In this WQDY File Photo taken Feb. 23, crews work to restore pole and power on a cold February morning.

In the Feb. crash, the alleged driver fled the scene. 

In Sunday's crash, the driver stayed at the scene, he and his passenger reportedly crawling out of the wrecked SUV despite the downed wires.

Police said Painter was on his way out of town when the crash happened.

"He was leaving a local establishment here in town around 2 o'clock and that's when the accident occurred," Claroni said.