Sep 5, 2015 9:31 AM

Maine man arrested for taking evidence from car after crash in Rochester

ROCHESTER - A collision between a car and a tractor trailer sent two people to the hospital -- and led to the arrest of a third man accused of taking evidence from the disabled car after the crash.

Dustin Dobson, 23, of May Flower Lane in Lebanon, Maine was charged with falsifying physical evidence. The driver of the car, Joseph Thompson, 21, of Sawtelle Road in Lebanon, Maine, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession.

Both Thompson and a passenger in his car were taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the accident Thursday night, police said.

The driver of the tractor trailer, John Arsenault of Stafford Street, Charlton, Mass., was not injured.

According to police, Thompson, who was driving a Dodge Stratus, crossed the center line as he was traveling east on Highland Street and hit the tractor trailer. Both of the vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane and had to be towed from the scene.

Police subsequently learned a passer-by had taken evidence from the car before officers arrived. The suspect was stopped before he left the scene and identified as Dobson.

Dobson was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 26 in the 7th Circuit District Division-Rochester.

Following an investigation, Thompson was also arrested and released on $3,500 personal recognizance bail with an arraignment date of Sept. 21 in the 7th Circuit District Division-Rochester.

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