HAMPSTEAD — A man escaped serious injury after his car became wedged on its side between two trees and he was tossed halfway out of the vehicle. But he does face a DWI charge.

Sean Dooley, 21, of Hampstead flipped his car on West Road by Boulder Cove Road at 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to Lt. John Frazier.

"Upon arrival, officers found a 2000 VW Passat up on its side, wedged between two trees with the lone occupant and operator stuck with his torso hanging out of the passenger side window," Frazier said. "The driver was conscious and alert." It took the fire department about 40 minutes to free Dooley from the wreckage, but he escaped with only minor injuries.

"He was taken by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Derry with minor lacerations to his head, arms and hand," Frazier said. "Officers followed Dooley to the hospital, where he was subsequently arrested for DWI."

Frazier said Dooley lost control of the vehicle, causing the crash.

"Excessive speed and impairment due to the effects of alcohol consumption appear to be contributing factors," he said.

Dooley was released on $750 personal recognizance and has a court date of May 7 in 10th Circuit Court in Plaistow.

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