2012-01-31 / Local

Collision triggers multiple charges

Driver arrested, hospitalized after behaving oddly at police station
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

LISBON — Police have charged a 20-year-old Leeds man, who allegedly tried to flee from a head- on crash on Route 9 Thursday, with operating under the influence and driving to endanger.

The crash, reported at 4:22 p.m. Thursday, occurred on Route 9 on the Lisbon side of the town line with Sabattus, according to Lisbon Police Chief David Brooks.

Nicholas J. Parent, 20, of Mountain View Road, Leeds, reportedly was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Route 9 when he swerved to the left side of the road and hit a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker head on.

A Durham Rescue crew took the driver of the Tracker, Tracy A. Ames, 44, of Sutherland Pond Road, Sabattus, to St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. Brooks said she was treated and released.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Following the crash, Parent apparently attempted to flee the scene on foot, Brooks said. However, witnesses to the crash chased Parent, apprehended him and escorted Parent back to the crash scene to wait until police arrived.

Brooks transported Parent to the police department for booking. At the police station, Parent began acting strangely, according to Brooks, so the chief called an ambulance crew to evaluate Parent.

The ambulance took Parent to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he reportedly underwent emergency surgery for internal injuries. A CMMC representative told police that Parent is in stable condition, according to Brooks. On Monday, a hospital representative declined to provide information about Parent’s condition, citing a request by the family not to do so.

Brooks said numerous witnesses informed police that they saw Parent driving erratically on Route 9 minutes before the collision.

“Apparently he had passed vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed, and these people stopped at the accident,” Brooks said, adding that the witnesses “were very willing to give statements,” as part of an investigation led by Officer Jeffrey Picard.

According to Brooks, Parent received summonses at the hospital Friday for operating under the influence and driving to endanger. He said additional charges of violation of bail conditions, and a felony Androscoggin County warrant for domestic assault, would be addressed upon Parent’s release from the hospital.

Both Lisbon fire companies responded to the crash. Traffic on Route 9 was reduced to one lane until the scene was cleared at around 5:30 p.m. Lisbon Police Lt. Daniel Michel also responded to the scene.

dmoore@timesrecord.com

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