April 02, 2020
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St. Francis teen charged in hit-run

FORT KENT – Three charges were levied against a 19-year-old St. Francis man who turned himself in to police after he allegedly committed a hit-and-run Monday morning.

Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said James McGonagle was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, theft, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

McGonagle is scheduled to appear in District Court at Fort Kent on Dec. 8.

According to Michaud, it was 6:50 a.m. when the 1997 four-door sedan allegedly operated by McGonagle went off the South Perley Brook Road and then returned to the road and struck a car operated by Tom Ouellette of Fort Kent.

Ouellette’s car was pushed off the road and down an embankment.

Ouellette told police the car that struck him returned and the operator asked if he was all right. Then the car left the scene.

Police found the car later in a parking area at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The car involved belonged to Emily Daigle of China. A student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Daigle reported the car stolen, according to Michaud.

She told Michaud she had allowed someone to sleep in her car, but that the person was not supposed to drive it away.

At about 11 a.m., McGonagle turned himself in at the Fort Kent police station. Michaud said he was intoxicated at the time.

Michaud said there was about $4,000 damage to Daigle’s car and $3,000 to $4,000 damage to Ouellette’s 1999 four-door sedan.


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