A Waterville woman is facing multiple charges, including OUI, after crashing her vehicle into Fish Brook in Fairfield.

Where Did This Happen?

According to the Fairfield Police, calls began coming into the Somerset County Communications Center just before 5:30 Tuesday evening of a vehicle that had gone into Fish Brook. The Fairfield-Benton Fire Department and Fairfield Police were dispatched to the intersection of Center Road and Norridgewock Road. The callers told dispatchers they thought the driver was still in the vehicle and that it was rapidly sinking into the water, so Waterville Fire Department was also called to help with a water rescue.

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How Did the Vehicle End Up in the Water?

Fairfield Officer Nolan Allen was the first to arrive on the scene and he quickly located the female driver, who was out of the vehicle and on the shore. An investigation into the circumstances of the crash determined that Vanessa Poirier, 25, of Waterville was traveling West on Center Road and failed to stop at the intersection with Norridgewock Road. Witnesses told Officer Allen that Poirier was driving at a high rate of speed when she drove straight through the intersection, nearly hitting two vehicles, before driving through the guardrail. Her vehicle traveled down the embankment before becoming submerged in the brook.

What Charges Does She Face?

Poirier was transported to Thayer Hospital by Delta Ambulance, where she was treated for minor injuries. Police have charged her with operating under the influence, driving to endanger, and failure to stop for a stop sign. She is due in Skowhegan District Court in June. No one else was hurt in the incident.

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