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Crofton man convicted in death of passenger


A 19-year-old Crofton man was convicted yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court of homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated in an accident last fall that killed his 17-year-old passenger.

Joseph Allen Theriault of the 1800 block of Ralston Place was found guilty by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. based on a statement of facts read into the court record by William C. Mulford II, assistant state's attorney.

Theriault could be sentenced Sept. 20 to up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine said Theriault's attorney, assistant public defender Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich.

Theriault has completed a voluntary 28-day treatment program for drunken drivers operated by Calvert County authorities in Prince Frederick, she said.

Mr. Mulford said Theriault was heading west on Defense Highway near the intersection with A and Eagle Boulevard in Annapolis shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 30 when he lost control of his 1981 Honda Prelude and it fishtailed and hit a utility pole.

Theriault later was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.11 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries, Mr. Mulford said. Maryland's legal threshold for intoxication is 0.10.

The victim, Edward M. Martin Jr., 17, of the 100 block of Carroll Road, Glen Burnie, was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died 10 days later of a pulmonary embolism in his leg, Mr. Mulford said.

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