Speed, alcohol factors in Dover-Foxcroft motorcycle crash, police say

Posted Aug. 04, 2011, at 3:41 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Alcohol and excessive speed were factors in a motorcycle crash on Route 15 early Sunday morning that sent a Charleston man to the hospital, according to police.

Christopher Weymouth, 32, of Charleston was “going too fast for the road” about 2 a.m. Sunday as he was heading toward Charleston, Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Dennis Dyer said Thursday.

“The bike hit a guardrail, breaking the bike in half,” Dyer said. “The rest of the bike skidded up the road and caught on fire.”

Witnesses on the road, which has a 55-mph speed limit, said they heard the motorcycle “screaming by.”

“We had one witness say he was doing 70 and another saying he was doing 90,” Dyer said.

Weymouth was not wearing a helmet, and Dyer said he believes alcohol was involved in the crash.

Weymouth, who suffered only a broken ankle and skin abrasions, was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft after the accident but later was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor by LifeFlight helicopter, according to Dyer.

“He’s very, very lucky,” Dyer said.

Weymouth was still in the hospital Thursday morning, listed in good condition, according to hospital officials.

Dyer said no charges have been filed, but a charge of operating under the influence of intoxicants, among others, is likely to follow the results of a blood-alcohol test.

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