Lebabon accident leads to rage, arrests

Posted July 21, 2011, at 10:13 a.m.

LEBANON, Maine — Authorities in Maine say a sheriff’s sergeant was hurt and two men charged after a two-vehicle collision led to a confrontation with family members of one of the drivers.

Wednesday’s accident in Lebanon occurred when a dump truck driven by John Lapierre, 19, was struck by a Toyota RAV-4 attempting to pass it, forcing the truck into a ditch.

Sgt. Roger Hicks of the York County Sheriff’s Department was investigating when Lapierre’s father, John Lapierre Sr., 43, of Berwick, began challenging him over what happened.

Detective Bill Vachon says Lapierre Sr., was charged with assault on a police officer, obstructing government administration and failure to submit to arrest after allegedly shoving Hicks.

WMTW-TV says Francis Lapierre, the grandfather of the driver, was charged with disorderly conduct.