A Waterville-area man has been arrested on a charge of operating under the influence after crashing his car into a mailbox, trees and a utility pole in Canaan, police said.

Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said that the agency was dispatched at around 4:36 a.m. Friday to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Hill Road in Canaan.

Lt. Michael Knight was dispatched to the scene and following an investigation, found that Timothy Williams, 30, of the Waterville/Clinton area, was allegedly traveling north on Hill Road when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a mailbox, continued driving, then struck trees and a utility pole before stopping.

“The utility pole came down on the vehicle, the electrical wires were live, entrapping Williams in the vehicle for close to an hour before CMP could secure the scene and free him from the vehicle,” Lancaster said in a news release.

The vehicle, a silver 2010 Ford SUV, was destroyed as a result.

Williams sustained no injuries and was wearing his seat belt, although alcohol was determined a factor in the crash, Lancaster said.

“Lt. Knight took Williams for an intoxilizer test to determine his blood-alcohol,” Lancaster said. “The results were more than twice the legal limit.”

As a result, Williams was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence with priors. The case has been submitted to the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office and Williams is set to appear at the Somerset County Unified Criminal Court on Oct. 13.

Canaan Fire and Rescue assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

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