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3/14/2014 4:00:00 PM
Edgecomb Man Charged with OUI in Accident that Injured Passenger
J.W. Oliver

A 24-year-old Edgecomb man faces a felony OUI charge in connection with a July 2013 all-terrain vehicle rollover in Edgecomb that seriously injured his passenger.

A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Drew K. Wallace March 12 on a charge of Class C aggravated criminal OUI.

Wallace was allegedly driving a 2013 Yamaha ATV near his residence on Old County Road in Edgecomb at 12:30 a.m., July 17, 2013, when the ATV rolled over with Wallace and Christopher Dighton on board. The men were not wearing helmets.

Dighton, also of Edgecomb, sustained fractures to his skull, collarbone, nose, ribs and shoulder, as well as a lacerated liver.

Dighton, 23 at the time of the accident, was transported by LifeFlight helicopter from Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He would remain in the intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center for 10 days.

Wallace also sustained injuries and was transported to Maine Medical Center.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was not able to determine who was driving the night of the accident, but the subsequent investigation pointed to Wallace, Lt. Michael Murphy said.

"We have a witness who saw them shortly before the accident, and Wallace was driving," Murphy said. Another witness said the ATV's headlights were off immediately prior to the accident.

Christopher Dighton's father, Bill Dighton, of Alna, talked about his son's injuries in an August 2013 interview with The Lincoln County News.

Bill Dighton credited the emergency medical technicians on the scene and the emergency room staff at Miles Memorial Hospital with saving his son's life.

"Christopher is going to be alright," Bill Dighton said March 14. "He's recovering well and we're fortunate for that." His son is "pretty much back to work full time," he said.

Both father and son "feel badly" for Wallace, Bill Dighton said. "It was an accident."

"We feel badly for what Mr. Wallace is facing right now, and hopefully things will work out for him as well," he said.

The maximum penalty for a Class C crime is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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