Haverhill Man Convicted of Drunken Driving and Causing Serious Injury
William Copeland, 58, of Haverhill, was found guilty today of operating under the influence and causing serious bodily injury to persons over 60 by an Essex Superior Court jury today in Salem Superior Court. Judge Feeley sentenced him to five to seven years in state prison. The jury returned the verdict after deliberating for about 4 hours.
Mr. Copeland was convicted of two counts of operating under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60 years old.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Janelle Amadon proved that on December 24, 2011, Mr. Copeland was under the influence of alcohol while driving his Ford pick-up truck on North Broadway in Haverhill. He struck a utility pole and then crossed the center yellow line and crashed head-on into a Ford Explorer. The victims, who were 63 and 65 at the time, sustained serious injuries.
Copeland was represented by Attorney Jawara Griffen and was taken into custody following the sentencing.