Maine man sentenced in interstate crash


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A 56-year-old Maine man who acknowledged he was drunk when he drove the wrong way for 14 miles on Interstate 95 before crashing into a state police cruiser will report to jail next month.

Richard LaChance of Belgrade pleaded guilty last Tuesday to operating under the influence and reckless conduct in connection with the crash. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

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. His car hit a parked cruiser when troopers tried to stop LaChance with spike mats.

Prosecutors said LaChance’s blood alcohol content was 0.27 percent — more than three times the legal limit to drive.

LaChance’s attorney, Anthony Shusta II, said his client accepted responsibility and got counseling.


Information from: Kennebec Journal,