April 05, 2020

Police field dozens of calls as snow causes accidents; injuries minimal

This week’s heavy snowfall sent many cars and trucks off the road in the Bangor area Tuesday, a phenomenon that continued into Wednesday.

Of 91 calls Bangor police handled from about 3 p.m. Tuesday to roughly the same time Wednesday, 47 of them were motor vehicle accidents. The accidents tended to damage the cars and trucks involved, but left drivers and passengers largely unhurt.

In Brewer, it was much the same. Accident calls acounted for about 15 of the 24 calls police handled between 3 p.m. Tuesday and noontime Wednesday.

In Bangor on Tuesday afternoon, Jennifer A. Drew, 22, of Patten was headed north on State Street when she lost control of her car and collided with a truck driven by Bruce Philbrick, 23, of Glenburn, who was turning left from Mount Hope Avenue onto State Street. No injuries were reported, although damage to each of the vehicles was estimated at $4,000.

The accidents began Tuesday morning. Around 9 a.m. Thomas Harrington, 40, of Exeter was traveling east on Union Street and had come over a hill when he noticed traffic ahead of him had stopped. He told police he steered toward a snowbank to avoid hitting cars ahead of him. The car went over the snowbank near George Street and across two driveways before landing on its side. Damage to the car was estimated at $800. —-

A Bangor police officer found himself on the receiving end of a crime recently when someone late last month racked up 46 pay-per-view movies and billed the officer’s phone number.

The police report, which identifies the cable operator FrontierVision as the victim of the crime, included a list of the 46 occasions movies were requested over the six-day period, Dec. 26-31. The movies came to a total of $207.38. —-

Two men were allegedly caught with marijuana and drug paraphernalia while they were driving in Old Town early Tuesday morning.

Officer Michael Hashey of the Old Town Police Department pulled over a red Mazda pickup around 1 a.m. Tuesday and reported detecting the smell of marijuana while he talked with the driver.

The officer said he searched the two men and reported finding a small plastic bag of marijuana. The officer searched the vehicle and reported finding drug paraphernalia hidden under the seat of the truck.

The driver of the truck, Leslie Bragg, 31, of Old Town, and a passenger, Frank Babcock, 33, of Old Town, were charged wih possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli and Scott Stangeland

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