Man sentenced in hit and run near Damariscotta line

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:00am

Michael Bradley, 54, of Bristol was sentenced Monday to two consecutive terms of nine months each for Driving to Endanger Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury or Death, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury or Death, stemming from an April 2018 incident.

Bradley also lost his license for two years and was fined $750.

According to court records and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office affidavits, Bradley struck George Stouter, 75, as Stouter walked his dog near the Damariscotta-Bremen line. Stouter had stopped to speak to another motorist who wanted to alert him to a porcupine in the direction he was walking since he had his dog with him. While they were talking, Bradley, who had just come from a confrontation, crossed the center line and hit Stouter. According to the documents, eyewitnesses and the responding deputy stated Bradley was clearly intoxicated; he fled the scene and bought more alcohol at the Damariscotta Rite Aid; a description of his vehicle led deputies to his door and he was summonsed.

Stouter suffered head and pelvis injuries and was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, leading to what the prosecutor said was life-altering disability. Neither his dog nor the motorist Stouter was speaking to were injured.