BANGOR, Maine — A Hudson man who was behind the wheel in a New Year’s Day crash that claimed the life of a Hudson woman has been charged with felony drunken driving, according to police.

Shawn Macnevin, 42, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton.

Elizabeth Horlicea, 37, a passenger in the SUV Macnevin was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Macnevin and Horlicea were traveling along Finson Road around 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of the Jeep he was driving, went off the road and slammed into a tree head-on.

The pair were traveling toward Broadway, and the road was closed throughout New Year’s Day.

Macnevin, a race car driver at Hermon’s Speedway 95, has multiple drunken driving convictions on his record, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

All of Macnevin’s previous drunken driving convictions occurred in the late 1990s, according to the archives.

Macnevin spent two days in jail in September 1996 while his license was suspended for 90 days, according to the archives.

In April 1998, Macnevin was ordered to spend 12 days in jail and pay a $500 fine for another OUI, and he again lost his license for 90 days. In November of that year, he was again convicted of OUI, was sentenced to 120 days in jail with all but 45 suspended, paid a $700 fine and was placed on probation for a year, according to the archives.

In addition to the jail time, Macnevin also was forced to seek alcohol treatment to the satisfaction of probation and parole.

After Wednesday’s arrest, Macnevin was brought to the Penobscot County Jail, according to Cotton. He faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of the Class B drunken driving charge.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information that could be helpful should call Detective Tim Shaw or Detective Joshua Kuhn at 947-7384, ext. 5745.

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