Driver in fatal crash arrested



BANGOR – The driver indicted last month on a manslaughter charge for a fatal crash in Bar Harbor was arrested Wednesday afternoon as the result of a traffic stop by Bangor police.

Garcia, Miguel

Miguel Garcia

Miguel Garcia, 41, was spotted by officers riding in a vehicle on Sunny Hollow Drive. Garcia is familiar to Bangor police and officers, knowing there was a warrant for his arrest, stopped the vehicle. Garcia was taken into custody without incident, according to Detective Sergeant David Bushey.

Garcia allegedly was in possession of prescription pills at the time of his arrest and has additionally been charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Bushey said.

Garcia was indicted April 7 by a Hancock County grand jury on single counts of manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating while under the influence, aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. An arrest warrant was issued following the indictment.

Garcia was the driver of a box truck owned by Builders Installed Products of Hermon when it veered off Route 3 on Sept. 15, 2015 and into a scenic turnout where it struck a car owned by Roger Beghtol of Hendersonville, N.C. The impact pushed the car into Beghtol, who was standing outside taking in the view.

Garcia allegedly was under the influence of heroin or a similar drug at the time of the accident, Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster said at the time.

Manslaughter is a class A crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

 

Mark Good

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