Car downs pole, crashes into building

AUBURN — A utility pole hung by a single wire over Turner Street and a storefront was smashed on Wednesday after a car skidded out of control at about 5 p.m.

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Daryn Slover/Sun Journal
Auburn Police Officer Michael Richard administers a field sobriety test to the driver of a car that knocked over a light pole on Turner Street in Auburn on Wednesday afternoon.

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Daryn Slover/Sun Journal
Auburn Police Officer Michael Richard administers a field sobriety test to the driver of a car that knocked over a light pole on Turner Street in Auburn on Wednesday afternoon.

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The driver, 43-year-old Tina Lagasse, of Auburn, was later charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

Witnesses said the driver was heading in-bound on Turner Street when she drifted toward the sidewalk in front of Electric Beach Tanning. The Dodge Neon clipped a metal utility pole, snapping it off the base and sending it toppling toward Turner Street.

The car then spun in the street, bounced over a sidewalk and crashed into a building a few feet from the downed pole, punching a hole into the store front next to the salon.

Upstairs, apartment residents knew at once the crash was a dramatic one.

"We heard this huge crash and the whole building shook," said John Brooks, who lives two floors above the area of impact. "Our lights went off and then came back on again."

"I thought, 'Oh, my God. That doesn't sound good,'" said Angie Heiser, who was also upstairs. "It was loud. It's a sound I don't ever want to hear again."

At street level, witnesses said the driver appeared dazed and agitated but unhurt. Lagasse was questioned and given a field sobriety test before she was charged with OUI and violating bail from a previous arrest.

A bottle of laundry detergent flung from her car in the wreck sailed more than 30 feet along the sidewalk, witnesses said.
Over Turner Street, the metal pole felled in the crash was caught by one wire and dangled 40 feet over the street.

"There was a truck going through the other way when she crashed," said witness Sheldon Roy. "If the pole had come down, it would have come down right on the roof or the hood of it."

Instead, the metal pole continued to dangle over the street as rescue crews responded.

Auburn firefighters who first arrived quickly examined the area to make sure no live wires had fallen to the ground. Police blocked a section of Turner Street in both directions. Central Maine Power crews were called to the scene and began making repairs.

Police were continuing to investigate the crash Wednesday night.

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Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

Crack has it's own party? It

Crack has it's own party?

It is the undauntable thought, my friend. The one that says, "I'm right!" ~Bobby Sands

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Well, your wrong, I've never

Well, your wrong, I've never even heard of this lady before. But I am glad to make an innocuous post you could use to make a vicious comment about so you can have a little happiness in your lonely putrid life. Your welcome.

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Still haven't answered the

Still haven't answered the question, bob, how much less is the current budget than the one you inherited two years ago? Exactly how much has spending reducing bob saved the Lewiston taxpayer? Name calling is your forte, so I won't attempt to join you. Just answer the question.

Audrey Alcala's picture

I bet all of her children

I bet all of her children are extremely proud that their Mama made it into the SJ. It would be nice if this "woman" would find it extremely embarrassing that her picture is in the paper..but if she doesn't find it embarrassing the way she presents herself in public, I highly doubt having her picture in the paper will do anything either. She definately isn't a pretty picture....to say the least.....like someone said....dress for your age.....heck...just cover up lady!

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It is apparant that some

It is apparant that some bloggers are attempting to drag this woman into the sewer in a vain attempt to elevate themselves. It never works, but it sure is humerous. Typical republicans.

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your type are the ones

your type are the ones notorious for beating a person when their down, therefore it just stands to reason. BTW, still waiting for an answer to the question. You're running for reelection, alledgedly, so answer; How much money have you reduce the Lewiston City budget by during your tenure in office?

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

A co-worker of mine was

A co-worker of mine was there and attempted to help her out. She started yelling at her while stuffing loose cash into her top. There's no dragging someone into the sewer who calls it home.
Oh, and I'm a Libertarian.

It is the undauntable thought, my friend. The one that says, "I'm right!" ~Bobby Sands

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I believe so, but if you

I believe so, but if you look at the first picture, you can see she is wearing some sandals that she probably purchased from the juniors department.

Phyllis Rand's picture

You have to increase the

You have to increase the size of the top photo (if you dare) in order to see that she's wearing shoes. Make sure you've finished your lunch, first, or you'll lose your appetite like I did.

Libby St Pierre's picture

I think this is awsome that

I think this is awsome that these pictures were posted, just like the SJ posts ppl who have been arrested for drunk driving. Some ppl need to be fully humiliated and see what the look like to others before they stop!

Keith Dutton's picture

All of this occurred in

All of this occurred in "public" view; thus, it is ok to take pictures and publish them. No privacy laws were broken, because this is happening in a public area.

Why publish them? Because it's newsworthy.

End of story....

Jan Bachelder's picture

would there be some reason

would there be some reason why the SJ couldnt print pictures of her? Violation of her privacy? give me a break, she violated all of our rights to be out on the roads safely. She gave up her right to anything resembling dignity the minute she climbed behind the wheel.

Unfortunately I went to

Unfortunately I went to school with her. She wasn't too bad in school but has gotten worse over the years. She needs to be put away so she can't hurt herself her kids or anyone else. she's a waste. She could have had it all. But she wouldn't listen to anyone.

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I like that the SJ posted

I like that the SJ posted the pics of her sobriety test. I hope this stupid B learned her lesson and luckily nobody was hurt or killed!!! Oh, and honey...dress for your age please! Ewwww...

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