Crash in Deer Isle knocks out power



DEER ISLE — More than 1,100 residences lost power after a Sullivan teen’s car crashed on South Deer Isle Road Thursday night, badly damaging a utility pole.

Emera Maine said the power was lost around 10:20 p.m. and was restored around 1:30 a.m.

Hancock County Deputy Ben Astbury, the investigating officer, said the teen, Matthew Coombs, 16, was driving a 1996 Subaru, which was totaled.

Coombs had lost control of the car on a sharp rise in the roadway. The Subaru spun 360 degrees before hitting a ditch and the pole, the deputy said.

Astbury charged Coombs with carrying passengers beyond his interim license restriction. The young motorist told the deputy he’d had a girl in the car with him, but her father picked her up before Astbury arrived.

“Coombs admitted he was traveling too fast and was unfamiliar with the roadway,” Astbury said.

No injuries were reported.

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