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A Veazie man was charged with operating under the influence Thursday after crashing into a car head-on in Orono, injuring the Old Town woman who was driving it, according to police.

Athion Lewey, 37, was driving on the Main Street bridge Thursday afternoon when he veered into the oncoming lane and crashed into the front of a 56-year-old woman’s car, which another car then rear-ended, Orono police Chief Josh Ewing said.

“Through the officer’s investigation [Lewey] was suspected to be under the influence,” Ewing said.

The woman was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, and both her and Lewey’s cars appeared severely damaged, according to Ewing.

Police brought Lewey to the station but after he complained about his injuries, an Old Town ambulance took Lewey to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

He was later charged with OUI.

“Traffic was tied up for over an hour and backed up in both directions on Main Street,” Ewing said.