Plea Agreement Reached for Medway Man Accused in High Speed Chase
A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a Medway man who led police on a high speed chase through three towns in January.27-year-old Lauren MacArthur pleaded guilty to several charges in court on Monday stemming from the chase, including reckless conduct and eluding police.He also pleaded guilty to assaulting two officers while in jail in February.The state and defense agreed on a sentence of a total of ten years: two five-year sentences to be served consecutively.In the agreement, an attempted murder charge was dropped. Police had accused MacArthur of driving directly at an officer during the chase.”It was an agreement. It was something we agreed to before today. All along the goal was to have the attempted murder charge dismissed. Mr. MacArthur always had a disagreement about whether Mr. MacArthur ever intentionally or knowingly tried to hit the officer. He agreed with the reckless conduct and everything else that he pled guilty to,” said Hunter Tzovarras, MacArthur’s defense attorney.” In order to be able to prove an attempted murder charge we have to be very specific about proving intent and that is very difficult especially when you don’t have statements or such,” added Alice Clifford, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. MacArthur will be sentenced late next month.He also has pending charges in federal court over a stolen firearm. Both sides agreed that his federal sentence will be served at the same time as his sentence for the state charges.