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Former Peterborough employee sentenced to prison for DWI

  • Leonard Gonthier



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 26, 2017
2005: Gonthier is arrested in Hancock and charged with DWI. The charge was eventually dismissed.2009: Gonthier is arrested a second time, in Peterborough, also on a DWI Charge. The charge is eventually reduced to reckless conduct.January, 2016: Gonthier i

A former Peterborough employee was sentenced to up to seven years in prison on a drunk driving charge. 

Leonard Gonthier of Jaffrey pleaded guilty this week to the charge, and was sentenced to 2 ½ to seven years in prison, according to an email forwarded from Assistant County Attorney Sarah Warecki.

Gonthier’s charge stemmed from an accident on Route 202 on Jan. 30, 2016, when Gonthier drifted into the opposite lane, sideswiping a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Cameron Vetter of Rindge, causing the Explorer to roll. Gonthier’s vehicle then collided head-on with a Subaru driven by Reed Leger of Merrimack. Though Vetter and his passenger, Karlee Daub of Rindge, only had minor injuries, Leger fractured his heel and Gonthier had to be airlifted from the scene with serious injuries of his own.

Gonthier was later arrested and charged with aggravated DWI, a Class B felony. The fact that Leger sustained a serious bodily injury contributed to the aggravated DWI charge. 

At the time of the accident, Gonthier was employed full-time by the town of Peterborough as a plow truck driver and building and grounds laborer. Gonthier was placed on medical leave immediately following the accident, and let go after his leave ran out. Gonthier also worked as a part-time employee for the town Recreation Department and was lauded in the 2013 town report for his “wonderful job” keeping the parks maintained. 

Gonthier had 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.