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Augusta man arrested for reckless conduct after Wednesday accident

Posted May 11, 2012, at 12:35 p.m.
Last modified May 11, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he forced his car into a ditch off Eastern Avenue with two toddlers in the back seat, according to police.

William Lee Austin, 24, is facing a charge of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, according to Augusta police Lt. Chris Reid.

Austin was taken to the Kennebec County Jail after the accident, where he remained Friday on $2,600 cash bail.

The crash took place around 4 p.m. Wednesday when Austin forced a vehicle driven by Carolyn McKechnie, 25, of Winthrop off the road. Austin was a passenger in the vehicle, and McKechnie’s children were riding in the back seat.

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McKechnie and the children were taken to MaineGeneral Hospital for minor injuries. Austin faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the Class C felony.

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