A Madison truck driver was charged with operating under the influence Thursday night after he crashed his flatbed truck in a ditch and snapped a Madison Electric utility pole, according to police.

Norman Seeley, 55, also was charged with operating after suspension and possession of narcotics.

A Ford F-350 flatbed truck rests in a ditch in Madison Thursday night after it crashed. The driver was charged with OUI. Contributed photo

He was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan with non-life threatening injuries. The truck, owned by Seeley’s employer, Dependable Fence Co. of Somerville, Massachusetts, was heavily damaged, according to James Ross, chief deputy at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Ross said the Somerset County Communications Center received a report of a Ford F-350 flatbed truck being operated erratically at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday traveling east on Main Street in Madison. The caller said the truck was swerving so much that they could not get a registration number.

Deputy Lucas Libby found the truck in a ditch near Tower Road and White School House Road, also known as Route 148. Seeley was still seated in the driver’s seat. Libby helped Seeley from the vehicle and called for A&M Ambulance.

Libby was assisted at the scene by Cpl. Ritchie Putnam and Deputy Toby Blodgett as well as members of the Madison Fire Department. Madison Electric also responded to replace the broken utility pole.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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