Mass. man charged after South Portland crash

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SOUTH PORTLAND — An early morning rollover accident just off the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Aug. 18 resulted in an charge of operating under the influence against a Massachusetts man.

Police said Daniel Thomas, 22, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was discovered outside his 2002 Dodge van when they arrived at the southbound I-295 on-ramp from the bridge at 12:51 a.m., according to a news release by Lt. Frank Clark.

Thomas was the only occupant of the van, which was on its roof when emergency crews arrived. After Thomas was evaluated by emergency personnel, police made a roadside investigation, and Thomas was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland. There he was given a blood-alcohol test, Clark said.

Police said the cause of the accident has not been determined, but eyewitness accounts and an investigation suggested excessive speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the single-vehicle crash.

Jail officials said Thomas was no longer being held on Wednesday.

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