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Wakefield woman charged in crash with motorcyclist

WAKEFIELD - A local woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after the truck she was driving crashed head on into a motorcycle on Route 153 on Wednesday.

The driver, Alesia Palmer, 22, of Wakefield, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to Wakefield Police Chief Kenneth Fifield. The crash was reported at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Bancroft Corner on Route 153, also known as Province Lake Road.

According to the preliminary report, Palmer was driving in the southbound lane when her truck crossed over the yellow line into the path of a Suzuki motorcycle driven by Mark Haskell, 48, of Newfield, Maine. Haskell was injured and taken by ambulance to Huggins Hospital with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

Fifield could not say if Haskell wore a helmet, as the report is not yet complete.

Haskell's injuries included a broken femur, said Fifield.

Fifield said the aggravated drunk driving charge comes from causing 'serious bodily injury' while allegedly driving drunk. Palmer was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, which was heavily damage in the left front of the fender and body.

Palmer was taken to the hospital for a blood-alcohol content test, and then released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. Her arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 16 in 3rd Circuit District Court in Ossipee.

Fifield said the area of the crash, a curvy stretch of road is difficult to drive in the winter due to weather and black ice, but shouldn't be a problem in summer driving conditions.

'There's no reason why the accident had to occur,' he said. 'I think it's a difficult corner, but if you live in town and know the road and you don't drive drunk, it's not a problem.'

Wakefield Fire and Rescue crews responded and local police controlled traffic at the scene.

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