May 24, 2020

Man arrested in hit-and-run that led to fire

DENNYSVILLE — The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation of an accident Wednesday night that involved a hit-and-run collision and, later, a car fire.

About 7:15 p.m., Dan Pugsley, 28, and his wife Anne, 26, of Roque Bluffs were traveling south on Route 1 in their 1994 Ford pickup when a car traveling the same direction struck their truck in the rear.

Anne Pugsley was slightly injuried.

The unknown vehicle then passed the Pugsley truck, and Dan Pugsley, who works for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, gave chase, reaching speeds of 80 mph.

Dan Pugsley called Sgt. Lester Seeley, who routinely patrols the area, to help search for the vehicle. Seeley was assisted by Deputy Frank Gardner. Seeley said Pugsley was able to get the license number of the car when it passed him.

Seeley said that when authorities could not find the car, he decided to go back to the area where the Pugsley truck was struck to see whether there was any evidence.

About the same time, Seeley said, he received a call that a car was on fire on the Bell Road in Edmunds, just off of Route 1.

“When I arrived, I discovered it was the vehicle that had struck the Pugsley vehicle,” he said. He said the vehicle was owned by a Lubec woman, but she was not driving it.

Police searched the area and later found James Murray, 24, of Pembroke walking along Route 1 in Whiting. Murray was arrested on an outstanding warrant. A second occupant of the car has not yet been apprehended.

Seeley said he did not know who was driving.

Seeley said the incident still is under investigation.

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