November 1, 2013

Oakland man faces charges after police say he wrecked car

Authorities say Christian Ferguson, 20, fled without reporting the accident early Friday in New Sharon

By Doug Harlow
Staff Writer

NEW SHARON — A 20-year-old Oakland man faces criminal charges after police say he wrecked his car Friday morning and fled without reporting the accident.

Christian Ferguson reportedly crashed his 2006 Subaru Forester into a utility pole on Mile Hill Road in New Sharon. Residents of the area said they heard the crash about 3:30 a.m., according to Lt. David Rackliffe of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Passersby called police about an hour later to report the accident. Deputy Matthew Brann investigated and did not find anyone at the scene, according to Rackliffe.

An ambulance and a tracking dog were called, but the driver was not found, Rackliffe said.

Police finally got a break when Ferguson called his mother to report he had made his way to Smithfield. Deputy Brann found him and issued him a summons to appear in court, charging him with leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger and violating the conditions of release.

Rackliffe said there was no information available on what charges Ferguson had against him to warrant a court issuing conditions on his release.

Ferguson has one charge of being minor possessing liquor on Oct. 6, 2011, in Farmington, according to court records. He was sentenced to serve 25 hours of community service on that charge.

Rackliffe said the Subaru was destroyed in the crash, which also broke the utility pole. Central Maine Power Co. workers were called to repair the pole, he said.

Ferguson suffered only minor injuries and told police he had been alone in the car.

Rackliffe said there was no way to determine if Ferguson had been intoxicated at the time of the accident because police didn’t find him until about three hours later.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367dharlow@centralmaine.comTwitter: @Doug_Harlow

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