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Police charge Madawaska man with OUI following accident in Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Police Department arrested a 22-year-old Madawaska man in Presque Isle early Thursday morning in connection with a single-vehicle crash near the Presque Isle-Caribou city line.

Just before 7 a.m. Thursday, Dylan Byram was driving a 2018 GMC Acadia owned by 31-year-old Dale Babin of Fort Kent when he crossed into the opposite lane, left the roadway and struck and broke a utility pole.

Officers with the Presque Isle Police Department assisted by members of the Presque Isle Fire and Ambulance service and Emera Maine, all responded. Officer Kyle White said live power lines were on the car when they arrived.

Police said they determined that Byram had been under the influence of marijuana and not wearing a seatbelt. Rescue personnel transported the driver to Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries that were not life threatening, according to White. The officer said that both the front and side airpacks of the vehicle activated during the crash, which likely prevented Byram from suffering serious injuries.

Police charged Byram with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and operating under the influence of drugs.

White said that speed and operating under the influence are considered to be main factors involved in the crash, though the department is still investigating how Byram obtained the vehicle. It is unknown at this time whether Byram and Babin are related.

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