December 27, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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ELLSWORTH

Police call woman’s death on Christmas Day suspicious

Maine State Police are investigating a death that happened on Christmas Day in Ellsworth.

Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said officers responded to a home shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, WABI-TV reported. An ambulance crew was unable to revive a woman found inside the home. Ellsworth police contacted the State Police Criminal Investigations Division, and investigators now say the death is considered suspicious.

GRAY

Woman hospitalized with injuries in two-car crash

A woman was hospitalized with significant injuries after a two-car crash Friday morning on West Gray Road in Gray.

Fire Chief Galen Morrison said one car crossed the centerline, but it was unclear which one.

He said the roads were wet but clear, and the accident may have been caused by the weather conditions.

A sedan headed north with a male driver and female passenger collided near the Windham town line with a southbound Scion driven by a woman with no passengers around 10:24 a.m., Morrison said.

He said the female driver suffered the worst injuries but they were not life-threatening, and she was conscious and alert. She was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Morrison said the driver and passenger in the sedan were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries. He did not release the names of the victims in the crash.

BIDDEFORD

Driver who refused sobriety test gets February court date

A motorist suspected of driving the wrong way on the Maine Turnpike in Biddeford late Thursday refused to take a chemical sobriety test and has been ordered to appear February in court, according to the state trooper who made the arrest.

Maine State Police Trooper Rick Reaser said in an email that police received several reports just before midnight of a vehicle traveling south in the turnpike’s northbound lanes.

Police responded to the calls and encountered the suspected vehicle, a blue 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan, which police believe righted itself at a crossover and was traveling south in the southbound lanes.

Reaser said he arrested the driver, Sanford resident Dipul S. Patel, after Patel failed several roadside field sobriety tests. Patel was taken to the York County Jail, where he refused a chemical sobriety test, Reaser said.

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