LEWISTON — A Revere, Mass., man who testified about alcohol consumption at a high-profile boating accident trial in Maine in 2008 was charged last weekend with operating under the influence, police said.

Kris Arsenault, 45, was charged and booked at Cumberland County Jail in Portland early Saturday morning. He posted bail about three hours later, jail officials said.

Arsenault was a witness called by the defense during the trial of Robert LaPointe, 41, of Medway, Mass. He testified that LaPointe, a friend for the past three years, hadn’t been drinking alcohol the morning of the accident.

LaPointe was convicted on two counts of aggravated operating a watercraft under the influence. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison in connection with the accident that killed two people who were riding in another boat at night on Long Lake in Harrison in 2007.

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