PALMYRA — A Hermon man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly striking a utility pole with his work vehicle and then registering more than twice the legal limit of intoxication while driving.

Matthew Daigle, 40, was driving a Dish Network truck around 2:45 p.m. on Webb Ridge Road when he ran off the road, according to Deputy Sheriff James Ross, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Daigle allegedly hit a utility pole, “taking a chunk out of the pole,” Ross said in an email, before getting back on the road and continuing toward St. Albans. Police also received a report that Daigle nearly hit a child while driving the truck.

Deputy Wilfred Dodge responded to a report of the incident and found Daigle farther down the road. Dodge determined that Daigle was under the influence of alcohol, according to Ross.

Daigle submitted to a breath alcohol test that found that he had more than twice the legal blood-alcohol concentration for driving, which is 0.08 percent, police said.

Dish Network officials could not be reached for comment. Ross said he didn’t know if Daigle was on the clock for Dish Network when he was arrested.

He was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, a class D misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failing to notify police of a motor vehicle accident, both class E misdemeanors.

The Hartland Fire Department also responded to the scene at the report of a possible broken pole.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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Twitter: @madelinestamour

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