Maine man sentenced for driving drunk in wrong-way interstate

Updated 4 years ago

A 56-year-old Maine man who admitted he was drunk when he drove the wrong way for 14 miles on Interstate 95 before crashing into a state police trooper will report to jail next month after being ordered to serve six months. Richard LaChance of Belgrade pleaded guilty last Tuesday to operating under the influence and reckless conduct in connection with the crash. The Kennebec Journal said LaChance drove south in the northbound lanes of I-95 from Waterville to Augusta on the night of Oct. 1, 2009. When police tried to stop LaChance with spike mats, his car crashed into a trooper’s parked cruiser. Prosecutors said LaChance’s blood alcohol content was 0.27 percent – more than three times the legal limit to drive. LaChance was also ordered to serve two years probation and pay a$500 fine and $14,000 in restitution.


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