FARMINGTON — A New Sharon man faces an operating under the influence charge after driving a car off the road before it hit a tree and rolled over early Monday morning, police said.

Joshua Settle, 39, was driving a 1999 Infinity sedan east on Weeks Mills Road when the crash happened about 1:45 a.m., Farmington Police Detective Marc Bowering said.

Settle told police a deer jumped out from the woods into the car’s path, forcing him to swerve and lose control of the car before veering off the road, Bowering said. He was wearing a seatbelt and speed is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash.

Settle was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he was treated and released later in the day after he was summoned on the operating under the influence charge, Bowering said.

The car hit a tree in a heavily wooded area and didn’t threaten any residences, Bowering said. He would not discuss other details or say what led to the charge against Settle, who was alone during the crash. His court date has not been set yet.

David F. Robinson — 861-9287

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