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FKPD charge New Canada man for Main Street damage

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A broken concrete base is all that remains of a town light pole across from DOC’s Place Service Station on West Main Street in Fort Kent, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (SJVT / FhF – Jessica Potila)

FORT KENT, Maine – The Fort Kent Police Department charged a New Canada man on Friday, July 15 for leaving the scene of a property damage accident which occurred on Sunday, July 10 in Fort Kent.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, a caller reported a damaged light pole on West Main Street near the DOC’s Place Service Station. All that remained of the pole was it’s concrete base, but parts of the front end of a late model GMC pick-up truck were scattered around the scene.

Upon investigation, police located the pick-up, a 2008 GMC, and charged Jesse Bossie, age 23, with the Class E crime. The accident damaged the truck extensively, according to Chief Tom Pelletier.

Pelletier said the department is working with Bossie to recover what remains of the pole.

Town Manager Don Guimond said it would cost the town somewhere in the range of $15,000 to $16,000 to replace the pole and reset the concrete base, if the town has to purchase a new pole.

However, Guimond said town employees with the Public Works department are hoping to fashion together a new pole with parts on hand. “We’ll see if we can put a complete (pole) together. If we have parts missing we’ll have to order them,” Guimond said.

The town has purchased more than 100 light poles since the early ‘90s, according to Guimond, which they installed along Pleasant Street and West and East Main Street as part of several revitalization projects. Guimond said the town purchased the poles largely through grant monies.

Bossie will appear at Fort Kent District Court on September 19.

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