Man Gets 18-Month Sentence For Driving Truck Into Crowd At Raceway

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File photo of courtroom.(Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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FREDERICK, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Poolesville man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for driving his pickup truck into a crowd at a drag-racing track in Monrovia last June.

Twenty-five-year-old Justin Wachter was sentenced Friday for one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Police said only one man was treated at the hospital following the incident.

Wachter also must make restitution of about $7,000 to the man who was bruised in the incident and later developed a blood clot.

The victim’s brother told police that he and Wachter had gotten into an argument at the 75-80 Dragway a year earlier. He says Wachter was apparently trying to run them over.

Wachter was convicted Tuesday after entering an Alford plea to the charges. In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.

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