Suspect in car chase, drunken driving gets 5 years in plea

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former Falls Village man held on nearly $1 million bond following charges related to a car chase last year through four towns, a stolen car and drunken driving is to be sentenced in May to at least five years in prison.

The Republican-American reports that Anthony Machia pleaded guilty Tuesday under the Alford Doctrine to larceny and operating under the influence, evading responsibility and violating conditions of release. Under the Alford Doctrine, a defendant disagrees with the prosecution’s version but admits evidence could be enough for a conviction.

With credit for time already served and if he meets criteria to serve half his sentence, Machia could be free by the summer of 2016.

Michelle Lettieri, a spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said the plea deal is disappointing.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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