- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - A 35-year-old Vermont woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a crash that killed two people.

Police say Maria Carlson’s truck hit a telephone pole before going through a yard, crossing into an oncoming lane and colliding head-on with a car last Thursday. Sixty-eight-year-old Diane Bohannon and 67-year-old Robert Benjamin, both of Alburgh, were killed.

Police say they found a needle in the truck she was driving. Hospital staff treated her with an anti-overdose drug.

Carlson, of Swanton, faces up to 30 years in prison on felony counts of grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in death.

Prosecutors asked that Carlson be jailed without bail. The defense wanted her released to rehab.

She was ordered held on $50,000 bond on Tuesday.

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