A P.E. O’Halloran wrecker crew and firefighters prepare Saturday night to lift 32-year-old Christopher McNally’s Honda Civic out of the Forbes Pond Brook Stream in Gouldsboro. GOULDSBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO BY PAT MCNULTY

Motorist evades police after driving under bridge



GOULDSBORO — A 2017 Honda Civic had to be lifted up into the air Saturday night by a heavy wrecker, equipped with a rotator boom, from Forbes Pond Brook following a Route 186 accident in Prospect Harbor.

Police said the vehicle’s driver fled the scene and was later apprehended by Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor police at a West Bay residence. The suspect was found hiding inside behind a couch.

Earlier that night, 32-year-old Christopher McNally was driving west on Route 186 into Prospect Harbor village when he missed the Forbes Pond Brook Bridge, according to police. McNally, who hails from the Penobscot County town of Stacyville, and his Honda Civic plunged down the bank into the stream where he proceeded to drive under the span and get stuck on a rock in the water.

Witnesses told Gouldsboro Police Officer Landan Scott that the motorist had taken off on foot running north on West Bay Road.

Joining Scott in the pursuit were Gouldsboro Police Chief Pat McNulty and Winter Harbor Police Officer Ken Schuurman. The three conducted an extensive search that eventually led Scott and Schuurman to the West Bay home where McNally was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. The suspect also was charged with failure to notify authorities of the accident as required under conditions of his release on a prior charge.

Schoodic EMS Director Ken Munroe checked the driver, who said he was uninjured and declined further medical attention. McNally was transported by police to the Hancock County Jail. At the accident scene, where Gouldsboro Fire assisted with traffic control, it took a P.E. O’Halloran Inc. wrecker to extract the Honda Civic, which sustained extensive damage, according to McNulty.

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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