DIXFIELD — Police have arrested a 19-year old local man on charges of endanger and leaving the scene of an accident, which left a Peru man in serious condition. 

Nelson Pepin of Dixfield is charged with felony driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and violation of bail conditions stemming from his involvement in an accident Monday night on Route 108 in Peru. 

According to Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Hart Daley, Pepin was behind the wheel of a truck in which the victim, also 19, was ejected. 

Daley said police believe, after interviewing witnesses who were present in the vehicle at the time, that the erratic operation of the vehicle led to the incident. 

After the incident, the victim was lifted back into the same truck and transported to Rumford Hospital. The incident was never reported tto police, who interviewed witnesses and followed social media posts to learn the identity of the driver, Daley said. 

Pepin was arrested without incident Friday afternoon by OCSO Lt. Bryan Landis, deputy Bill Nelson, and Maine Game Warden Josh Smith, according to Daley. 

He went to work after the incident, but the pickup truck in question has not been located. 

The investigation still ongoing and more charges could be pending, Daley said.

This story will be updated. 


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