FARMINGTON — A local driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Tuesday after his vehicle hit a street sign, mailbox and utility pole guy wire, which knocked out power in part of Farmington north to New Vineyard.

Alexander Witt, 19, told police he hit a puddle and lost control of his 1998 Jeep on the Fairbanks Road just above the intersection with Route 27 and went off the road. The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m.

Police said Witt denied any knowledge of witness reports that three vehicles stopped and picked up pieces of his Jeep and put them in the back of a pickup truck.

Witt was interviewed about an hour after the incident, Farmington Police Deputy Chief Shane Cote read from the police report filed by Sgt. Edward H. Hastings IV.

Witt said he was alone and was not injured but the Jeep received significant damage according to police.

About 435 customers from Farmington to New Vineyard were without power for about 40 minutes while Central Maine Power fixed the pole and guy wire, CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice said Wednesday.

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