An Embden man is expected to face criminal charges after being hospitalized with injuries sustained during an apparent motorcycle crash Saturday in Madison, police said.

Somerset County Chief Deputy Michael Mitchell said Monday that the agency received the report around 7:37 a.m. of a motorcyclist who had apparently driven off the road and struck a tree. A pedestrian came upon the crash, which happened Saturday on Preble Avenue near the intersection of Murphy Lane, Mitchell said, describing a very sharp corner in the area.

“The time of the accident was sometime before 7:37 a.m.; he was well off the road and the single occupant of the motorcycle,” Mitchell said. “We are trying to determine exactly what happened.”

Mitchell said that the man was identified as Chad Pinkham, 38, of Embden. Pinkham was driving an older-model Yamaha motorcycle, though it is unknown who the owner of the vehicle is as the plates did not match the vehicle.

Pinkham was not wearing a helmet and does not possess a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license, according to Mitchell.

The crash was investigated by Deputies Chelsea Merry and Tyler Lafreniere from Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Pinkham was taken from the scene to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, where he was later taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland via LifeFlight helicopter to be treated for several injuries sustained during the crash.

Mitchell added that Pinkham will also be charged following his release from the hospital with operating without a license and illegal attachment of registration plates.

“Whether alcohol is related is yet to be determined,” Mitchell said. “We are waiting for toxicology results. After this has been reviewed and looked at by the District Attorney’s office, further charges could be pending.”

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