2016-09-13 / Front Page

Virginia man charged with driving in the wrong direction on turnpike

Staff Writer

SACO — State Police have charged a Virginia tractor trailer driver with driving to endanger after police say he drove several miles of the Maine Turnpike in the wrong direction Monday night. 

Michael Crews, 49, of Hurt, Virginia, was charged with the Class E crime after police said they received calls around 9:30 p.m. Monday that a tractor trailer was traveling in the wrong direction on the turnpike, going north in the southbound lane with the truck’s lights off.

The truck was stopped in Saco, police said, after it collided with the rear end of a police cruiser. No officers were injured in the collision, and the cruiser suffered only minor damages, Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday.

McCausland said troopers believe Crews  entered onto the turnpike going the wrong direction at the Kennebunk service plaza and continued north until he was stopped. 

The trailer portion of Crews’ truck was empty, McCausland said, and is registered to Presque Isle-based Blue Diamond Transportation.

McCausland said Crews was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford for evaluation following the incident. 

McCausland said Crews was summonsed at the hospital where he is presumed to remain today, although he said he does not know when Crews is expected to appear in court.

"Right now, I do not have a clear sense as to what would happen if he were to be released from the hospital,” McCausland said. 

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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