New Hampshire driver charged following August crash

By Stephen Betts | Feb 11, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — The driver of a car that police say caused a three-vehicle crash which injured people last August in Rockland has been arrested.

Tanna Halvorsen, 34, of Littleton, N.H., was charged with operating under the influence resulting in a personal injury, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief James Pease.

She was arrested Feb. 6 in New Hampshire on a warrant obtained by Rockland police from the Knox County court, Pease said. Halvorsen was released and required by the New Hampshire court to turn herself in to the Knox County court within 30 days.

On the day of the crash -- Aug. 27 -- police had received a report shortly before the crash of an erratic vehicle. Halvorsen was driving north on Route 1 in a four-door Volkswagen sedan and stopped in the middle of Route 1 at the intersection of Pleasant Street.

Jason Bailey, 43, of Warren ,who was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck, attempted a left turn from Pleasant Street onto Route 1 to head toward Thomaston.

As he drove onto Route 1, Halvorsen accelerated from a stop and struck the pickup truck on its side. She then continued driving north on Route 1 until she collided head-on with a small sport utility vehicle occupied by Ruth Woodward, 50, and James Woodward, 49, of Vermont.

Ruth Woodward and Bailey were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Both vehicles in the head-on crash were destroyed.

Halvorsen was hospitalized following the crash.

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