RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Saranac Lake man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally causing a head-on collision that seriously injured a woman.
Vermont State Police say 28-year-old Brandon Lane purposely drove his vehicle into oncoming traffic on Route 7 before the June 20 crash in the Town of Rutland.
A passenger in the other car, 58-year-old Joyce Rule of Vergennes, suffered a broken wrist, broken ankle and broken vertebrae in the crash.
Lane, who's charged with gross negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting, pleaded not guilty in an arraignment June 22 in Vermont District Court in Rutland. He was referred for an inpatient psychiatric evaluation at the Vermont State Hospital.
In a police affidavit, Trooper Henry Alberico said Lane told him that as he drove south on Route 7, he was seeing lots of cars but wasn't seeing people in them.
Lane, who told the officer he'd been depressed and had been living out of his car since early June, said he had intentionally swerved into traffic to see what would happen, according to Alberico.
"Lane added that he did not want to hurt anyone but felt that everything was coming to an end in his world," according to Alberico.
Lane's lawyer, public defender Mary Kay Lanthier, didn't return a telephone call seeking comment on the case.