August 27, 2013

Richmond man charged with OUI after hitting police cruiser

Police say Geoffrey Dow, 53, drove into a parked police car during a traffic stop.

Kennebec Journal Staff Report

FARMINGDALE — A Richmond man has been charged after he drove his car into a police cruiser parked on the side of the road during a traffic stop.

Geoffrey Dow, 53, was arrested moments after the crash and charged with operating under the influence, said Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police.

Nobody was injured in the crash.

Trooper Mark Ferreira stopped a car for speeding on Maine Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Dow, driving a 2004 Nissan sedan, approached from behind and hit the driver's side rear quarter panel of the cruiser and broke off the mirror, Hayden said. He described it as a glancing impact that caused relatively minor damage.

Dow continue on Maine Avenue after the accident until Ferreira pulled him over. Hayden said Dow stopped quickly and there was no pursuit.

Dow was booked at the Gardiner Police Station where he posted bail and was released.

Hayden was unsure what happened to the original driver in the traffic stop.

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