2017-07-06 / State/Regional

Off-duty marine patrol officer faces OUI chagres


DAMARISCOTTA (AP) — Police have charged an off-duty Maine Marine Patrol officer with drunken driving following a head-on collision over the weekend in Damariscotta.

The Lincoln County sheriff’s Department arrested 26-year-old Brandon Bezio of Tenants Harbor after the collision early Saturday.

Bezio reportedly drove into the path of a tractor-trailer, whose driver was unable to avoid the crash.

Neither driver was seriously hurt, but a passenger in the tractor-trailer complained of back pain.

Bezio, who works out of the Rockland office, didn’t immediately return a phone message.

In March, he was named Marine Patrol Officer of the Year by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

The Maine Marine Patrol is conducting an internal investigation.

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