LITCHFIELD (WGME) – There are new details about the deadly crash that killed a husband and wife in Litchfield last week.
According to court documents, 60-year-old Shawn Metayer told police he’d been drinking when he veered off the road, overcorrected and hit another vehicle, killing Derek and Stephanie Trudeau.
Prosecutors argued for high bail.
“I argued the severity of the crime and a 9-year-old girl being orphaned did warrant a bail of half a million dollars,” said District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.
Ultimately bail was set at $30,000.
“He certainly could never have made the bail requested from the DA’s office but I’m hoping because the judge set a reasonable bail here that he’ll be able to meet it,” Metayer’s lawyer, Tim Zerillo, said.
Zerillo argued that his client is a “good” person who earned a nursing degree and spent much of his life as a first responder.
“He spent 25 years as a firefighter and a paramedic in Lewiston and his job is saving people’s lives and that’s somebody who has committed his life to that,” Zerillo said.
Metayer told police he was drinking at a bar in Lewiston called the Cage before the crash.
Police said he was so drunk police that they could not understand him and that he could not stand at the scene. They said his blood-alcohol level was .19.
Metayer is not expected back in court until March unless he is indicted.