LEWISTON — A Lewiston man was charged with operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, after a two-car crash that injured three people Thursday night on the Maine Turnpike.

David Strout of Lewiston was heading north on Interstate 95 at a high rate of speed when he struck the guardrail at mile 79, according to Lt. Erik Baker of the Maine State Police. Strout’s vehicle was then struck by one driven by Donald Cote of Sabattus, Baker said.

Strout fled the scene, but was captured a short time later in Lewiston, Baker said.

Cote, complaining of pain in his arm, was taken to the hospital. Two passengers in Strout’s vehicle also were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash, which occurred at about 8 p.m., closed both northbound lanes and the left southbound lane for a couple of hours because of debris on the road.

(Maine Turnpike Authority map)


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