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Driver accused in wrong-way crash faces felony DUI charges

December 21, 2020 GMT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 91 and causing a head-on crash that injured five people is now facing four felony drunken driving charges.

Bernard J. McDonald, 65, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was expected be released from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital on Monday and arraigned later in the day, Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Brown told the Brattleboro Reformer.

McDonald had been arraigned on 15 charges last week. His lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

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He’s now facing two counts of driving under the influence with serious injury resulting and two counts of driving under the influence with his alcohol blood count above the legal limit with injury resulting. His lawyer declined to comment on the charges.

Vermont State Police Trooper Ryan Miller tried to stop McDonald repeatedly on the interstate before the high-speed crash in Dummerston on Dec. 13. Miller, whose cruiser was side-swiped by McDonald, said McDonald was driving over 100 miles per hour.

McDonald’s truck hit a van, setting off a chain-reaction crash with another pickup truck. Two other vehicles drove off the road.

According to an amended affidavit, McDonald’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the Vermont legal limit about three hours after the crash.