BANGOR, Maine — Performer John Tercyak on Tuesday pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges stemming from an April drunken driving incident in which he veered off the Park Loop Road and damaged 18 granite coping stones.
Tercyak, 56, of Bar Harbor, will report again to District Court for sentencing on Sept. 11. He faces a maximum prison term of six months, a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years of probation, but the government has agreed to seek no more than 60 days incarceration and $1,000 in fines.
Tercyak pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to a degree that rendered him incapable of safe operation and operating a motor vehicle in violation of a condition or restriction of his driver’s license.
On April 22, Acadia National Park received several reports of an accident on the Park Loop Road. A park ranger responded and saw that Tercyak’s vehicle had left the right side of the road and driven about 180 feet and struck 18 granite coping stones, according to a document filed Friday in District Court.
Tercyak had “significantly damaged the front end, the right side, the rear, both axles and both right side wheels of his vehicle,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney James McCarthy.
The speed limit on Park Loop Road is 25 mph, but Tercyak told rangers he’d been travelling more than 50 mph when he looked over his left shoulder toward Sand Beach just before the accident.
“Mr. Tercyak told Ranger [David] Smith that he had a couple of beers before driving the car,” McCarthy wrote.
That night at the Bar Harbor Police Department, Terycak blew a .13 blood-alcohol content. That’s well over the .08 limit, but Tercyak was operating under a conditional license that he not have any alcohol in his system at all while driving.
As part of the plea agreement, Tercyak agreed to repay Acadia National Park the $1,369 it cost to repair the 18 coping stones. He also agreed to waive his right to appeal his guilty plea, but reserved the right to appeal a sentence of imprisonment exceeding 60 days.
Tercyak is a well-known guitarist, fiddler and singer on Mount Desert Island who boasts a repertoire of more than 700 songs and often performs in the area. In July 2010, Tercyak was fined $650 for sale or use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
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