FARMINGTON – Police say a Chesterville man was driving drunk when his car left Farmington Falls Road late Saturday and went into a ditch, hit a tree and two fences before it continued on its way minus a tire.

A witness reported to police that a white Toyota Camry must have been in an accident because there were sparks coming from the vehicle as it drove toward Chesterville, Farmington Police secretary Rachel Heseltine said, according to a police report.

The accident was reported at 11:30 p.m.

The witness followed the car to 219 Vienna Road in Chesterville, Heseltine said.

Police arrested Scott W. Cochran, 32, early Sunday on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, she said.

The crash scene was consistent to the damage to the car, which was a peeled back front fender, broken windshield and no tire on the driver’s front side, she said.

Police estimate the damage to the car at about $3,000, she said.

The car was heading toward Chesterville and crossed over the centerline and into a ditch just before JR’s Used Cars. From there it hit a small tree, hit a barbed wire fence and then drove through a field where it hit a second fence, Heseltine said.

Farmington Police officer David Galvan was assisted by fellow officers from that Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

Cochran was released on $3,000 unsecured bail from the county jail on Sunday.

He is scheduled to appear in Farmington court on July 23.

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