A Veazie police officer and Orono Fire Department paramedic evaluate Lt. Jon Carson in his cruiser after it collided with a passenger car on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Veazie. Credit: Sawyer Loftus / BDN

A crash involving a Veazie police cruiser and passenger car Friday afternoon led the drivers of both vehicles to be taken to a local hospital and left the cruiser with substantial damage.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Chase Road and State Street in Veazie, which is also Route 2. 

Veazie police Lt. Jon Carson was headed toward Bangor on State Street when the crash happened, according to Veazie Police Chief and Town Manager Mark Leonard. His emergency lights were switched on, but not the siren, Leonard said.

The other car, a blue Subaru, was crossing State Street from Chase Road to School Street on the other side of Route 2.

Traffic was briefly backed up in both directions along Route 2 following the crash. The front of Carson’s cruiser was crushed, with smoke coming from the hood. 

The other car involved in the crash was on a nearby lawn. 

A Community Connector bus driver who witnessed the crash said the cruiser was “screaming” down the road.

The Orono Police Department is investigating the crash, Leonard said. Veazie Fire and Rescue, the Orono Fire Department and the Bangor Fire Department all responded to the scene, he said. 

Both Carson and the driver of the Subaru were taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. 

Sawyer Loftus

Sawyer Loftus is a reporter covering Old Town, Orono and the surrounding areas. A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Sawyer grew up in Vermont where he's worked for Vermont Public Radio, The...