Trooper OK after cruiser struck


GRAY – A Maine state trooper escaped injury Friday night when a driver, who was later charged with operating under the influence and driving to endanger, slammed his vehicle into the rear of his cruiser on the Maine Turnpike in Gray.

Trooper Jeffrey Degroot’s cruiser was parked in the northbound breakdown lane at mile 60 after he had pulled over a car. While the trooper was outside talking to the driver, a SUV driven by 50-year-old Francis McNamara of Wenham, Mass., struck the rear of the cruiser, which then forced it into the rear of the second vehicle.

Both the cruiser and the second car, operated by 20-year-old Courtney Colby of New Gloucester, came to rest down an embankment and both vehicles were demolished. McNamara’s vehicle stayed on the roadway.

Colby suffered minor injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. She had stayed inside her vehicle during the crash.

McNamara was alone at the time of the crash.

The crash took place shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.