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NH court upholds text-reading crash conviction

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's highest court is upholding the assault conviction of a driver who was reading a text message as his car drifted across two lanes and into oncoming traffic.

The court's ruling means that 30-year-old Chad Belleville will continue serving a 3 ½- to seven-year sentence for vehicular assault and second-degree assault.

The court, in its unanimous ruling Tuesday, said Belleville was recklessly negligent when he took his eyes off the road long enough to nearly hit one vehicle and then hit two others without braking.

He first hit a couple's car, causing traumatic brain injury to their son.

Belleville's lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering several proposals addressing distracted driving, including one that would ban all but hands-free cellphone use.

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