GLENBURN, Maine — A Bangor man was charged with operating under the influence and driving with a suspended license after an early-morning accident sent four people to the hospital Thursday, according to state police.
Perry Newell, 24, was driving along Lakeside Landing Road about 3 a.m. when the accident occurred, Trooper Taylor Dube said.
Newell was carrying three passengers, Stephanie Sprague, 26, of Bangor; Jermel Mcwhorter, 25, of Veazie and Adam Jalbert, a 25-year old transient, Dube said.
The trooper said Newell was traveling at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve and smashed head-on into a tree. The impact caused the engine to catch on fire, but the occupants were freed from the wreckage before the car was engulfed in flames, Dube said.
Sprague suffered the most significant injuries, with several broken bones, the trooper said. All four occupants’ injuries were not considered life threatening. They were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Dube said all four occupants were wearing seat belts, which likely prevented fatalities.
Newell is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9.
Glenburn and Hudson firefighters assisted state troopers at the scene.