State Police say speed and alcohol were factors in an accident that sent a car airborne before rolling over several times.

The accident happened at 6:30 Wednesday night on U.S. Route 2 in Dyer Brook. A Nissan 350Z sports car, driven by 52-year-old Michael Pelham of Oakfield was traveling too fast and failed to negotiate a curve in the road. He lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the east bound lane, became airborne, and struck a utility pole. The car rolled for about 75 yards before coming to rest in a pasture.

Police say Pelham was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident and was thrown from the car. He was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries. His passenger, Larry Hersey of Oakfield, was wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Pelham is charged with OUI and operating after suspension.

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