CARMEL — A 21-year-old Carmel man was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor after his pickup truck sideswiped a van on Route 69 early Saturday morning, then skidded to a stop between two trees 150 yards away.
Troy Weeks suffered facial cuts and bruises but declined medical care. His 1995 pickup truck sustained about $2,000 damage in the accident.
According to Deputy John Skroski of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred at 1:48 a.m. as Weeks, who was driving north on Route 69, approached the bottom of a hill near a Maine Department of Transportation garage. A 1994 Pontiac van allegedly was parked illegally on the same side of the road at the bottom of the hill with a portion of the vehicle extending about a foot out onto the roadway, according to the deputy.
Weeks reportedly hit the van and continued on for several hundred feet. Nobody was in the van, which sustained about $6,000 damage. The car is registered to Nathan Beamis, age unknown, of Levant. According to Skroski, Beamis was attending a gathering at a home on Route 69 and allowed another person to move his car out of the driveway when other occupants in the house wanted to leave. No illegal parking charges were filed.
Skroski said Weeks initially denied driving the truck. A “friend of a friend” who lived nearby approached the accident scene and said he was the driver, Skroski said. However, Weeks’ injuries and other evidence pointed to him as the driver and he eventually admitted to the offense, Skroski said.
The young man who tried to take the blame for the accident was not cited but was warned about avoiding similar activity in the future, Skroski said.