Island Pond resident Katelyn Deslandes was arraigned in Orleans Superior Court Tuesday on criminal charges related to the head-on crash

Island Pond resident Katelyn Deslandes was arraigned in Orleans Superior Court Tuesday on criminal charges related to the head-on crash that left two Northeast Kingdom teenagers dead. And according to court documents, the evidence of drugs being a factor in the crash continue to grow. Deslandes appeared in court Tuesday by phone from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, N.H. She pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of gross negligent operation of a motor vehicle with death resulting and was released by Judge Lisa A. Warren on conditions and a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond. The crash occurred on Route 105 in the town of Charleston – about a quarter-mile west of the intersection of Twin Bridges Road. Police say Deslandes was driving a westbound  at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when her car crossed the center line into the path of  of Logan Cota, 18, of Charleston. Cota and his passenger, Taylor Warren, 18, of Lunenburg, were killed in the crash. Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett told the court that the toxicology testing of Deslandes’ blood sample taken after the crash is not completed yet, but the results she does have suggest possible drug use. “She admitted to consuming heroin within 24 hours of the crash, although we don’t know if she was under the influence of heroin at the time of the crash,” said Barrett. “We have been able to confirm that she had THC in her system but we have not tested yet for opiates.” Police said the road surface was dry at the time of the crash and that evidence at the scene indicates that Deslandes crossed the yellow center lines while going around a slight, right-hand bend in the roadway and struck the oncoming vehicle head-on.  

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