Black ice skid puts car on guardrail
MONMOUTH — A Winthrop woman escaped injury Thursday when her car skidded on black ice and wound up on top of a guardrail over Cobbossee Stream.
Sarah-Elizabeth Ducharme, 26, who was alone in the vehicle, was badly shaken by the crash but declined medical attention, said Monmouth Police Officer Mike Parshall.
Ducharme was driving her 2006 Ford Escape west on Route 135 around 5:45 a.m., when her car skidded on black ice as it rounded a sharp corner near the Cobbossee Stream bridge. The sport utility vehicle skidded across the road and wound up on top of the low guardrail that spans the length of the bridge.
“It skidded about 100 feet down the guardrail,” Parshall said. “She told me she could see the stream.”
Route 135 was reduced to one lane until the Escape was towed away. Parshall said the vehicle is likely totaled.
Fog, coupled with temperatures that hovered right around the freezing mark, created pockets of black ice across the region, Parshall said.
“It was nasty,” he said.
Wednesday: At 4:55 p.m., theft was reported on Washington Street.
5:17 p.m., there was an accident on Riverside Drive.
6:49 p.m., Ann P. Roy, 62, of Augusta, was issued a summons charging her with operating under the influence by police responding to a traffic complaint on Hospital Street.
Thursday: At 7:14 a.m., an assault was reported on Northern Avenue.
7:58 a.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Winthrop and Wyman streets.
8:55 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on West Crescent Street.
10:21 a.m., there was a report of a protection order violation at Lincoln School on Lincoln Street.
11:13 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Stone Street.
12:12 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of North Pearl Street and Purinton Avenue.
2:22 p.m., theft was reported at the Kennebec Valley YMCA on Union Street.
Wednesday: At 4:41 p.m., theft was reported on Dustin Drive.
Wednesday: At 11:55 a.m., a person was reported missing from Highland Avenue.
12:52 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Highland Avenue.
1:21 p.m., there was a report of sex offenses.
9:06 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Adams Street.
Wednesday: At 11:32 a.m., there was a report of a sex offense on Plains Road.
Wednesday: At 9:50 a.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Russ Point.
1:22 p.m., an alarm sounded on Bean Road.
Wednesday: At 9:06 a.m., there was an accident on Route 27.
Wednesday: At 10:03 p.m., Clinton Uriah Bates II, 36, of Sidney, was arrested on a warrant at the Kennebec County jail on State Street.
10:53 p.m., Meloney A. Moody, 38, of Augusta, was arrested on warrants by police responding to a report of a domestic disturbance on Spaulding Street.
Thursday: At 9:32 a.m., Corey T. Adams, 19, of Lewiston, was arrested on a warrant at the Augusta Police Department on Union Street.