Freeport woman arrested after crash leaves 3 people injured

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FREEPORT — A local woman was arrested after an automobile accident June 28 on Durham Road injured her and two others.

According to Sgt. John Perrino, Susan A. Muniak, 45, of Poland Road, was charged with elevated aggravated assault, aggravated reckless conduct, two counts of operating under the influence (one for causing an injury, the other because of a prior conviction), violating conditions of release and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.

Perrino said Muniak was driving north in a 2002 Mercury Sable on Route 136, known as Durham Road, when she crossed the center line on a slightly curved stretch and struck a 1993 Toyota Corolla driven by Cumberland resident Wayne Ross, 56.

Cumberland resident Margaret Smith, 53, was a passenger in the Corolla, Perrino said.

Muniak’s car struck Ross’ almost head-on as Ross was braking and pulling right to avoid a collision. The impact pushed the Corolla down an embankment, Perrino said.

Ross had arm and chest injuries and was flown to Maine Medical Center in Portland after being extricated from the vehicle. Perrino said it took about 45 minutes to remove him from the wreckage.

Smith had head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center, Perrino said.

A spokesman at Maine Medical Center on June 29 said Ross and Smith were in satisfactory condition.

Muniak had leg injuries and was taken to Parkview Hospital in Brunswick. She was released about six hours later and arrested by Freeport police, who took her to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

A clerk at the jail said Muniak was released Friday morning.

Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan said his office decided not to pursue charges last week while the accident remains under investigation by Freeport police.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Freeport emergency services staff spent almost 45 minutes extricating Wayne Ross from his vehicle Thursday after it was struck by a vehicle driven by Freeport resident Susan Muniak, according to police who charged Muniak with driving under the influence and other charges.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.