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Franklin driver charged in fatal crash

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The state's attorney has upped the charges in a crash that killed an Enosburgh teenager.

Monday police were examining both vehicles in the crash to rule out any mechanical failures in the accident that resulted in the death of Brandon Gleason, 17, on Friday night. The Jeep he was riding in collided with a pickup truck on Route 105. Police say the driver of the truck, Patrick Prue, 53, of Franklin, was under the influence of alcohol.  He was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff's for DUI -- his blood alcohol level was .14.  

But, after reviewing court documents, the state's attorney filed enhanced charges and Prue was arraigned today for DUI with death resulting.

"After meeting with the state's attorney this morning and reviewing the affidavit and the statute, he decided to charge it as a DUI fatal, rather than try to upgrade it later," said Franklin County Sheriff Capt. Jay Sweeny.

Meanwhile, people in Enosburgh are mourning the loss of Gleason. He was a star player on the high school basketball team -- named the Mountain Division player of the year. The school's principal called Gleason an exceptional young man.

If convicted, Prue could face up to 15 years in prison.


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