SW Harbor man pleads guilty to OUI in 2014 Acadia crash

BANGOR — A Southwest Harbor man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to drunk driving in a 2014 motor vehicle crash in Acadia National Park that seriously injured a passenger.

Justin Bent, 28, faces up to six years in prison and a $250,000 fine for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and causing serious bodily injury, United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a press release.

Delahanty said Bent could serve up to six months in prison for operating the vehicle “without due care” and destruction of park property.

Bent will be sentenced after the U.S. Probation Office conducts a pre-sentence investigation report.

Court records state that Bent’s van went off the roadway and crashed in Acadia National Park, causing serious bodily injury to a passenger and destroying trees.

Bent’s blood alcohol content measured .14 percent, court records state.

The passenger was transported by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he underwent emergency surgery for a severe leg fracture.

National Park Service rangers investigated the crash as well as the Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert Island police departments.

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