Allen Francis Peters pleads guilty in DUI accident

Allen Francis Peters avoided trial and accepted a plea bargain in Erie County Court Tuesday afternoon.

He entered guilty pleas for a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault while driving under the influence and a misdemeanor DUI which, when combined, carry a maximum sentence of 10 years and six months and a $35,000 fine.

Peters faced 14 charges stemming from a Sept. 12 car crash in Summit Township that left Mercyhurst women’s hockey assistant coach Kristen Cameron recovering in a Toronto hospital and unable to walk.

He had been expected to begin trial March 14 but entered a guilty plea Wednesday before Judge John Garhart.

The remaining 12 charges, including reckless endangerment, failure to stop or render aid and driving without an inspection, were dropped.

Peters appeared calm in court and wore street clothes. He has been free on bond since September.

The prosecution requested the misdemeanor DUI charge remain standing due to Peters’ level of blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest. Police discovered a BAC rate of .187, more than double Pennsylvania’s legal limit.

He faces sentencing at the Courthouse on April 26 at 8:45 a.m. before Judge Ernest J. DiSantis.