Less than a year after his release from prison after serving 11 years for a drunken driving crash that killed three people, Jesse Estrada, 44, of Plymouth has been charged with threatening a snowplow driver with a sledgehammer.
A drunken driver who served 11 years in prison for killing three members of one family in a wrong-way crash on Route 3 is in trouble again.
Police say Jesse Estrada, 44, of 2 Pheasant Ave., threatened a snowplow driver with a sledgehammer, accusing the driver of plowing snow into his yard just after midnight Saturday.
Estrada, holding a 12-pound sledgehammer with a long handle, came out of the house yelling at the driver, police said.
He grabbed the driver’s shoulder and held up the sledgehammer to the open window, police said.
Estrada admitted being angry with the plow driver but denied threatening him with the sledgehammer, police said.
Estrada was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. The incident comes less than a year after Estrada was released from prison after serving 11 years of a 20- to 22-year sentence for killing Douglas Horton, 39, his wife, Robin Arciprete-Horton, 32, and their daughter Rebecca, 11, on Memorial Day weekend 1994.
The couple’s son, Oliver, then 9, was seriously injured, but survived the crash.
The family lived in Barnstable.
Estrada fled and was found two days later hiding in the attic of his house.
A small memorial planting still remains at the Route 3 crash site near Exit 3.
Estrada was arraigned Monday in Plymouth District Court on the new charge. Arraignment information was not available.
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