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Rindge man, 21, injured, arrested following crash

A 2006 Kia Spectra was heavily damaged in a single-car crash on Michigan Road in Jaffrey on April 30. 

Photo courtesy Jaffrey Police Department

A 2006 Kia Spectra was heavily damaged in a single-car crash on Michigan Road in Jaffrey on April 30. Photo courtesy Jaffrey Police Department

A Rindge man has been charged with DWI after crashing his car into a telephone poll on Michigan Road near Forest Park Estates on Aug. 30.

21-year-old Kyle Smith sustained injuries to the left side of his face and body in the single-car crash and was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough for treatment, according to Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt.

First responders requested a helicopter to airlift Smith from Jaffrey to Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center in Lebanon, but they called it off after evaluating Smith at the scene, Oswalt said Thursday.

“Based on the severity of crash and the possibility of serious bodily injury, a helicopter was called as a precaution,” Oswalt said, adding that the driver’s side of the 2006 Kia Spectra Smith was driving was heavily damaged.

Smith was driving south on Michigan Road at about 8:40 p.m. when his car left the road and crashed sideways into a telephone poll, according to police. The car was totaled in the crash and later towed.

Smith was arrested and charged with DWI. He was released on a must appear summons with a May 16 court date at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey.

Smith’s current condition was unavailable Monday. MCH spokesperson Phil McFarland said Monday that Smith was transferred to another hospital on May 1, the day after the crash, but wouldn’t name the hospital.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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