Local man charged with OUI, driving to endanger
South Thomaston — Derrick Woodward, 26, of South Thomaston has been charged with three counts of driving to endanger and operating under the influence after police say he crashed his vehicle in the woods with three children inside the car.
At approximately 7:15 p.m. May 9, Knox County Deputy Paul Spear initiated an investigation of a 2001 blue Chevy truck that had gone off the road on Westbrook Street, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Woodward failed to negotiate a curve and skidded approximately 100 feet, police said. Spear, who was patrolling the area, arrived seconds after the crash occurred.
Upon further investigation, Spear found a full can of an alcoholic beverage open in the vehicle along with a 30-pack of beer.
There were also three children under 7 years old in the vehicle. No injuries were reported, and the children were taken by relatives.
Woodward was subsequently arrested and charged with OUI, driving to endanger, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The vehicle received minimal damage.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.