Teen who crashed into two houses pleads no contest


BENNINGTON -- A Pownal teen who crashed into two houses on Union Street in October will not receive jail time, but must undergo drug treatment while on probation.

Marcien L. Roy, 18, pleaded no contest on Friday to misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, careless or gross negligent vehicle operation, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was given a five-year deferred sentence for the reckless endangerment and DUI charges, meaning they disappear from his record if he goes five years without getting into more trouble. On the negligent driving charge, he received a nine to 12 months suspended sentence. He will be on probation until Aug. 17, 2016, and must undergo drug screening, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation as directed by his probation officer.

According to Bennington Police, on Oct. 8 at 1:12 a.m. they responded to a crash at 259 Union St., where a vehicle had driven through the porch of that address and struck the house at 257 Union St. The driver, Roy, upon being asked what happened by police replied "So many drugs...alcohol...marijuana..."

Roy was found not to have consumed alcohol, but a State Police drug recognition expert examined Roy and found him to have been extremely impaired by marijuana and hallucinogens.

The state may request a restitution hearing.

David Wohlsen, who lives at 259 Union St., told the Banner in a telephone message that the damage to his home cost $150,000.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com.


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