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Jury indicts local driver

Jaffrey man arrested after January crash



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

A grand jury indicted a Jaffrey man on a charge of aggravated DWI in connection with a three car crash in January.

Leonard Gonthier, 55, of Jaffrey, was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court jury on May 18. An indictment is not an indication of guilt or innocence, but shows that a jury determined there was enough evidence to move a case to trial.

Gonthier could face up to three and a half to seven years in jail for the Class B Felony if convicted, or be fined up to $4,000.

The charge is in connection with an accident on Route 202 at the Peterborough/Jaffrey town line. Gonthier allegedly sideswiped a 2003 Ford Explorer, causing it to roll, and then collided head on with a Subaru driven by Reed Leger, 32, of Merrimack.

While the driver of the Explorer, Cameron Vetter, and his passenger, Karlee Daub, suffered minor injuries, Leger suffered a fractured heel. Gonthier himself also suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene. 

Leger’s “serious bodily injury” is a contributing factor to the aggravated DWI charge. 

Gonthier has twice previously been arrested for DWI, once in 2005 in Hancock, and again in 2009 in Peterborough, but in both cases, the charges did not result in a conviction. In the 2005 case, the charge was dismissed after Gonthier’s lawyer challenged the arrest. In 2009, Gonthier pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless operation, for which his driver’s license was suspended for 60 days and he paid a $620 fine.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.