Troopers charge Parsonsfield man after July 4 crash leaves boat in road

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PARSONSFIELD — Maine State Police charged a local man with multiple offenses after an early morning July 4 incident where a pick-up truck with a boat was abandoned on State Route 160.

Troopers Travis Doughty and Nate Jamo with the Southern Field Troop responded after the Augusta Regional Communications Center received reports of the abandoned vehicle around 2 a.m.

They discovered a 2009 blue Chevy 1500 with a 12-foot aluminum boat in the truck bed that had crashed into a parked vehicle and a garage at a residence.

The investigation revealed that the driver, identified as 23-year-old Joshua Hermance of Parsonsfield, had missed a turn, causing the initial crash.

After backing up and leaving the scene, Hermance reportedly drove with a damaged vehicle, resulting in the boat falling out and the front driver’s side tire shredding until it separated from the rim.

Hermance later abandoned the pick-up and fled.

He was located and is cooperating with the investigation.

He faces charges including Failure to Give Notice of Accident by Quickest Means, Failure to Notify Owner of PD Accident, Failure to Produce or Return to Scene of Accident, and Leaving Scene of a PD Accident.

Neither Hermance nor the homeowner sustained injuries in the incident.

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