St. John Valley

Police charge two following crashes

FORT KENT, Maine — Officers with the Fort Kent Police Department arrested a Cross Lake man following a hit-and-run accident during which he allegedly crashed his SUV into a pick-up truck in the parking lot of the Fort Kent Courthouse. 

On Monday, April 10, at 10:16 a.m., Kathy Page of Sinclair contacted the FKPD to report that a grey GMC SUV with a male driver struck her green Toyota Tacoma. Page was inside the Tacoma at the time of the crash, according to Chief Tom Pelletier.

Upon investigation, officers arrested 44-year-old Gerald Blier and charged him with operating under the influence and violation of conditions of release. Police transported Blier to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. He will appear Monday, June 5 at Fort Kent District Court.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Pelletier.

On Friday, April 7 at 4:45 a.m., Officer Michael DeLena of the FKPD found a disabled and abandoned vehicle on the corner of Market and East Main streets. Upon investigation, Officer DeLena and Officer Connor Pelletier discovered that the 1997 Dodge passenger car struck a curb and went airborne before crashing into some cedar bushes outside the Fort Kent Historical Society train station building, according to Pelletier. The vehicle sustained considerable damage and the accident caused the airbags to deploy.

Police charged  25-year-old Ted Zairns of Wallagrass with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.  

Zarins will also appear at Fort Kent District Court on Monday, June 5.

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