Updated: May 05, 2020 05:06 PM
Created: May 05, 2020 01:31 PM
A Bovey man pleaded guilty Monday to crashing into a mail truck, which seriously injured a mail carrier, because he was upset with the U.S. Postal Service last year.
Alan Lynn Birt, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation. He had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault.
A criminal complaint says officers responded to an accident report on Dorchester Drive in Hoyt Lakes at about 10:53 a.m. on May 8, 2019. When officers arrived, witnesses said Birt had been driving his new 3/4 ton truck with a push bumper and winch. Witnesses told officers they thought the truck was "maxed out" judging by how the truck sounded as it came down the road, and one estimated the truck to have been going 80 mph when it struck the mail truck.
The collision ejected a mail carrier from the mail truck onto the road.
Police said Birt later admitted he was upset with USPS and intentionally crashed into the mail truck knowing a carrier was inside, the complaint states. When asked about the crash while he was at the hospital, Birt allegedly said, "Yeah, I killed that (expletive) useless mail carrier." After officers said the crash didn't kill the woman, Birt responded, "Well, someone should," the complaint states.
The 55-year-old carrier was taken to the hospital with a life-threatening head injury, including a skull fracture and four broken ribs, according to police.
Birt's sentencing is set for July 6.
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