Driver hits wire, trees after falling asleep at the wheel

ELLSWORTH — A southern Maine man escaped serious injury Saturday after police said he fell asleep while driving and his vehicle went off the road.

William L. Boudreau, 59, of Saco was headed east on the Bucksport Road around 11:35 a.m. Saturday in his 2002 Chevrolet SUV when he reportedly fell asleep.

The vehicle drifted across the road and went off the shoulder, police said, then hit a support wire for a utility pole as well as trees.

Boudreau was wearing his seat belt, and complained of arm pain after the crash. His vehicle had to be towed from the scene due to extensive damage.

Damage to the pole, which cracked when the support wire was struck, was estimated at $1,000.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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