A Sinclair man has been charged with OUI after the car he was driving struck and killed a horse in the northern Aroostook County town of St. Agatha.

Maine State Police
Maine State Police

State Police say 56-year-old Tommy Collins was operating a 2007 Chevrolet sedan south bound on Route 162 shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday. As he was traveling past a farm, two horses entered the roadway, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Clark. Collins was unable to avoid a collision, and struck and killed one of the horses.

Collins sustained cuts to his hand but refused medical treatment. Maine State Trooper Nathan Desrosier responded to the crash and as a result of his investigation arrested Collins for Operating Under the Influence.

The owner of the horse was notified and the horse was removed from the roadway. State Police said it appeared that the horses had broken the barn door and walked down to the road. The car was a total loss.

Collins is scheduled to appear in Fort Kent District Court on March 6.

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