RUTLAND, Vt. — A Vermont man accused of ingesting drugs before a crash that killed his mother has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-year-old Joseph Mailhiot, of Rochester, entered the plea Friday and was freed on the condition that he undergo a drug and alcohol screening. He faces two charges that together carry a 30-year maximum sentence.

His mother, 63-year-old Detra Coltey Mailhiot, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital after the crash Wednesday afternoon.

The Rutland Herald reports ( ) that Joseph Mailhiot acknowledged to police that he’d ingested Oxycodone, heroin, marijuana, cold medicine, an antibiotic and an over-the-counter painkiller in the 24 hours before the crash.

He told police he was suffering from mononucleosis and hadn’t slept for three days. He provided a blood sample, but the results weren’t available.

Information from: Rutland Herald,

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