A Vassalboro man whose car reportedly struck a utility pole and rolled over on Ridge Road in Windsor early Tuesday morning was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and failing to notify of a motor vehicle accident, police said.

Police allege they found the man, 26-year-old Aaron C. Saragosa, within a mile of the accident scene after a crew from Central Maine Power first responded and notified emergency dispatchers that a car was abandoned there, said Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon.

Late Tuesday morning, Reardon was still collecting information about the incident and provided information from an affidavit by investigating Deputy Nathan McNally.

The accident was first reported to police at 4 a.m. after a 2007 Saab hit the utility pole.

A Central Maine Power spokeswoman confirmed that there was a power outage in Windsor that affected 13 customers and lasted from 3 a.m. to 4:25 a.m. Tuesday morning. The outage began after a vehicle hit a wire attached to a utility pole on Ridge Road, the spokeswoman said, though there was no damage to the pole.

McNally, who responded to the scene 40 minutes after the crash was reported to police, eventually found Saragosa, who had a dog with him, near the Windsor Fair Grounds, Reardon said.

Saragosa allegedly told police that he drank two cans of Bud Light beer about two hours before he drove and that he struck the pole after his dog jumped into his lap, Reardon said. Saragosa had a bruise forming under his left eye, Reardon added.

But Saragosa was slurring his speech and his breath smelled of alcohol, McNally reported, so he took the man to the Augusta Police Department where a breath test was administered, Reardon said. Saragosa’s blood-alcohol level was allegedly 0.2 percent, more than twice the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent, Reardon said.

Saragosa was charged with operating under the influence and failing to notify of a motor vehicle accident and taken to Kennebec County jail. His bail was set at $200, Reardon said.

The Tuesday morning crash followed a similar one that occurred in Litchfield shortly after midnight on Sept. 11, in which a local man was charged with operating under the influence after his vehicle struck a utility pole.

“There seems to be a number of OUI crashes striking utility poles,” Reardon said Tuesday. “We always say, ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ This does illustrate our point. We’re glad (Saragosa) isn’t seriously injured, but this is exactly why we tell people not to.”

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

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Twitter: @ceichacker


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