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Rohrersville man charged with DUI after truck hits utility pole

February 09, 2011

A Rohrersville man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he failed to negotiate a curve on Alternate U.S. 40 at Fox Gap Road Tuesday night and struck two mailboxes and a utility pole, Maryland State Police said.

Ray Biddinger, 35, was later released from the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, state police said.

Trooper 1st Class Christopher Mattingly, who responded to the accident about 7 p.m., found that a white 2009 Ford utility truck had partially overturned and was lying on the driver's side, the release said.

Mattingly talked to the driver and detected a strong odor of alcohol, the release said.

Biddinger performed several standardized sobriety tests in an "unsatisfactory manner," the release said.

An investigation revealed that the driver was traveling west on Alternate U.S. 40 while talking on a cell phone, the release said.

The driver then lost control of the truck, said state police, who added that Biddinger is also facing several citations.

Fox Gap Road is between Boonsboro and Middletown in Frederick County.

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