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Police charge Fort Kent woman with texting while driving after SUV crashes into utility pole

FORT KENT, Maine — A Fort Kent woman whose SUV struck a utility pole on a residential street Sunday afternoon was charged with texting while driving, police said. 

Nichole Jandreau, 34, was driving a 2020 Buick SUV along with two passengers north on Audibert Street after having just turned onto the road from Elm Street at around 4:45 p.m., according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

Shortly after turning onto Audibert Street, Jandreau’s SUV left the road and crashed head-on into a utility pole in front of a residence. 

The force of the crash knocked electrical wiring from two houses connected to the pole, causing a temporary power outage to those homes.

The SUV’s airbags were deployed and the vehicle had extensive damage. 

Fort Kent police Officer Jack Maloney responded to the call and charged Jandreau with texting while driving. 

Chief Pelletier said texting while driving is not only illegal, but dangerous, and he is thankful no bystanders were injured.

“Children could have been walking or riding bicycles in the area, especially at that time of day,” Pelletier said.  

A nearby resident reported having seen a woman pushing a baby stroller in the vicinity of the light pole shortly before the crash. 

The vehicle’s occupants were wearing seatbelts and reported minor injuries. The SUV was towed from the scene. 

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