By Elizabeth Dobbins

A Dracut man accused of driving while impaired was seriously injured after crashing into a tree Sunday, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Police said Michael Koumantzelis, 30, was driving a pickup truck northbound on F.E. Everett Turnpike between exit 10 and 11, in Merrimack, N.H., about 6:55 p.m. He drifted out of his lane, off the right side of the road and down a slight embankment, colliding head-on with a tree, according to a press release.

Koumantzelis was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

He was later arrested and charged with driving while impaired or intoxicated (subsequent offense). He was also charged with driving after license suspension. The suspension was as a result of a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated.

His next court date is Feb. 12 in 9th Circuit Merrimack Court.

State police and Merrimack police, fire and medical personnel responded to the scene. The right two lanes of the turnpike were closed for about an hour and a half while the scene was cleared.

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