August 6, 2013

Driver who hit Maine cyclists on sidewalk has 4 OUIs

David Labonte has not been charged in the Biddeford crash that left a father and son in critical condition, as his blood-alcohol is analyzed.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Rescuers attend to one of the victims at the scene of the crash in Biddeford on Friday.

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In both cases, his license was suspended for 90 days, according to state records. There were no indications in his driving or criminal records that any of the OUIs involved crashes or injuries.

His criminal record shows he also was fined for misdemeanor assaults in 1987 and 1989.

A message left for Labonte with his father in Biddeford, where Labonte has been staying, was not returned Monday night.

Labonte's driving record also indicates he was issued one speeding ticket in 2010, two in 2009 and one in 2008, all for driving between 9 mph and 14 mph over the speed limit. He was in a 35-mph zone when Friday's crash occurred, police said. They would not estimate how fast Labonte was going at the time of the crash, saying that will be determined by the accident reconstruction.

Biddeford police said Labonte's pickup truck, a blue Ford F-150, was headed north on U.S. Route 1 Friday evening when it crossed the center line and entered the parking lot of the RepubliCash and Western Union store at 364 Elm St. Route 1 in Biddeford is also known as Elm Street.

Elliott and Brennan were riding their bikes south on a sidewalk in front of the store when Labonte's truck struck them, police said.

The accident report on Friday's crash has not been completed, and police said the investigation into the cause will not be finished soon. The accident reconstruction process takes time, blood-alcohol tests won't be complete until at least the end of the week, and police will be seeking a search warrant to obtain the "black box" device from Labonte's vehicle, which should have recorded the speed and other factors immediately before the crash, police said.

The York County District Attorney's Office sent a representative to the crash scene. Police said that is standard procedure in a crash with serious injuries.

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