Deputy injured in crash



CHERRYFIELD — The Maine State Police are investigating a crash that injured a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy as well as a Harrington man who may have been driving while impaired, police reported.

The crash occurred Tuesday evening on Willey District Road in Cherryfield, said Sgt. Jeff Ingemi.

Washington County Deputy Toni Bridges, 22, of East Machias, had been traveling on the Willey District Road toward Route 193 when a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Orlando Monge, 51, struck the cruiser head-on, Ingemi said.

Both Bridges and Monge suffered head injuries, neither of which was life-threatening. Ambulances took both to local hospitals.

The cruiser, a 2018 Ford Explorer, sustained front-end damage while the Chevrolet, which rolled over, is considered a total loss, Ingemi said.

Both Bridges and Monge had been wearing seatbelts.

An accident reconstruction team was sent to the scene.

Trooper Caleb McGary is the primary investigator for the crash.

“Evidence at the scene suggested alcohol use by Monge and a blood test for alcohol was obtained from both operators as is typical of a serious injury crash,” Ingemi said.  “Possible criminal charges are pending.”

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted as did the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Marine Patrol, the Milbridge Police Department, the Gouldsboro Police Department, the Cherryfield Fire Department and Cherryfield Ambulance.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should contact McGary at 973-3700.

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