ASHLAND, Maine — The driver of a pickup involved in a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of his 34-year-old cousin in November has been charged with manslaughter.

Miles Bolstridge, 21, of Portage also was summoned last week with criminal operating under the influence causing death and criminal OUI causing injury, according to Ashland Police Chief Cyr Martin.

“He’s looking at some big charges,” Martin said Friday afternoon. “This is very sad [because] the deceased was his cousin.”

Martin said the family of the two men has been very supportive of Bolstridge, who he described as taking his cousin’s death very hard.

Joey Clark of Ashland, who was killed, was one of five passengers in the 2005 F250 pickup driven by Bolstridge on the evening of Nov. 11.

Bolstridge was heading north on Route 11 when apparently the truck went partially off the road and he overcorrected, according to information provided at the time by the Ashland Police Department. At that point, the truck left the northbound lane, struck a telephone pole and ended up 100 feet into the woods, police said.

Among the passengers were University of Maine at Presque Isle students Jessica Campbell and Taylor Cochran, both 20. Also in the car were Ashland area residents Royce McDonald and Cote Levesque, both 21.

Campbell was taken by ambulance from the scene and later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. She returned to classes at UMPI after Thanksgiving. Cochran, McDonald and Levesque were released after being treated at The Aroostook Medical Center.

Last week’s charges follow an investigation into the accident by Sgt. Jared Carney. He reported his findings to the Aroostook County District Attorney, according to Martin.

The police chief declined to disclose Bolstridge’s blood alcohol count at the time of the accident, but said, “It was enough to justify the OUI charges.”

Bolstridge was not arrested but is free on personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Aroostook County Superior Court on Feb. 18.

Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.