An analysis for substances in the bloodstream of a driver who allegedly caused a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 last month has been completed.
Steven Bourgoin, 33, of Williston, is charged with five counts of second-degree murder in a crash that killed five central Vermont teens. Bourgoin pleaded not guilty at an arraignment at UVM Medical Center in Burlington last month.
Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan confirmed Monday that his office received a toxicology report for Bourgoin about a week and a half ago. However, Donovan refused to address the contents of the report, citing confidentiality requirements.
Donovan said he anticipates in the normal course of a case that the report would be filed with the court, making it a public document.
However, Bourgoin is undergoing a court-ordered competency evaluation, which Donovan said is “the threshold issue” for how the case will proceed. If Bourgoin is determined to be competent, the report likely will be filed with the court, Donovan said.
Vermont First News reported that anonymous sources said the toxicology report found “significant” traces of THC, the active substance in marijuana, in Bourgoin’s blood.
Bourgoin’s ex-girlfriend told investigators that he had mood spells that he would calm with marijuana, according to court documents.
“When Steven is in these moods, it is usually because he ran out of marijuana, which he used to stabilize his mood swings,” she said, according to detectives. “It was always very evident when he was out (of marijuana), as he would be more angry and violent during those times.”