SMITHFIELD, Maine — Less than six hours after being charged with operating under the influence, an Oakland man died in a car crash in which speed and alcohol were believed to be factors, according to police.
Somerset County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a call of a single-vehicle, single-occupant crash on East Pond Road in Smithfield at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.
Paul L. Caret, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Caret was driving northbound, on the wrong side of East Pond Road, when he lost control of his vehicle on a gradual corner, said Lancaster.
His 1995 Honda Civic left the road and struck several large rocks before coming to rest against a tree. Caret was ejected from the vehicle.
At about 1 a.m. Saturday, less than six hours before the crash, Caret was stopped in Oakland and charged with operating under the influence by the Oakland Police Department. What happened after the charge was unclear. A call left with the Oakland Police Department on Sunday was not immediately returned.
Lancaster said both speed and alcohol were factors in the fatal crash.
Smithfield Fire and Rescue and Delta Ambulance assisted sheriff’s deputies at the scene. Cpl. Michael Ross investigated the crash.