– The Associated Press

BOSTON – Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was driving 108 mph moments before his car sped off the highway and overturned Nov. 2, according to a police report released Tuesday.

The report shows Murray, who walked away with only a few scrapes and bruises, may have briefly fallen asleep at the wheel on Interstate 190. The report showed no attempt to brake before the accident.

Murray was issued a $555 ticket for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and a lane violation in connection with the pre-dawn highway crash.

Murray said he takes full responsibility for last November’s accident in Sterling.

“I feel lucky to be alive and grateful that no one was injured,” he told reporters Tuesday. “I recognize that I should have been more careful.”

The report appears at odds with comments that Murray made just after the accident.

At the time, Murray said he was driving around the speed limit, was wearing his seat belt and believed the cause of the accident was black ice.

The data gathered by the car’s “black box” moments before and after the accident show that Murray was speeding, was not wearing a seat belt and apparently fell asleep instead of hitting ice. Murray had asked for the information to be released.

The data showed that the car that Murray was driving was traveling south on Route 190 at speeds ranging from 75 mph to 99 mph before going off the west shoulder of the road.

The car went another 140 feet across the shoulder before striking a ledge and flipping.

At the time of impact, the car was moving about 92 mph, although the car’s top recorded speed was 108 mph about half a second before impact.

Murray defended his earlier statements, saying he believed that he’d put on his seat belt.

He also said that as he left the car after the accident he noticed the ice on the road and assumed that was the cause.

Murray also asked police to administer a field sobriety test that he said showed a zero blood-alcohol reading.