Incident Date: 05/15/2021
Incident Time: 12:08am
Incident Location: Rte. 302 and Kansas Road Naples
Release Date: 05/15/2021
Release Time: 6:30pm
SEVERAL BOATS DAMAGED IN OUI CRASH:
On the above date and time the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle off the road at the intersection of Rte 302 and Kansas Road in Naples. A witness reported that a vehicle had gone off the road and struck a boat in a parking lot and that a male had fled the scene on foot.
Upon the arrival of law enforcement, it was determined that a 2009 Nissan Murano had failed to make a right turn onto Kansas Road from Rte 302. The vehicle left the road and struck a motorboat that was sitting on a trailer in the parking lot of New England Water Sports. The force of this impact pushed the boat and trailer into another boat, which pierced the hull of the second boat with the trailer’s tongue. The path of destruction continued into a third boat, also in the same parking lot. All three boats, which were determined to be high-end “wake-style” boats, sustained varying damage. The boats are owned by private customers of New England Water Sports. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the boat shop to notify the owners and provide damage estimates. Preliminary repair costs are in the area of $75,000. The Nissan Murano also sustained significant front-end damage.
Approximately one hour after the crash and about two miles from the scene on the Kansas Road, a Bridgton Police Officer located a male laying down on a lawn of a residence. The male matched the description of the man fleeing from the scene. The man also had injuries consistent with the crash and was identified as Timothy J. COTREAU (32 yoa) of Bridgton, Maine. COTREAU was treated by Naples Fire/EMS for minor injuries. Upon completing the investigation, COTREAU was issued a July arraignment date in Bridgton District Court for the following charges:
1. Operating under the influence of alcohol
2. Operating after Suspension
3. Failure to report crash by quickest means
This crash serves yet another reminder of the serious dangers of driving under the influence. Fortunately, no innocent parties were injured or killed in this case, however, property of others was needlessly damage. The costs associated with this incident will be much more than simply owing a favor to a friend or family member for a ride.
Although drunk driving is not a seasonal problem, both the Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners will be adding more patrols in the coming months for purposes of targeting impaired drivers. The arrest of intoxicated drivers continues to be a high priority for deputies protecting our communities.
Captain Donald Foss
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
(207) 774- 1444