March 2021

  • Troop B Weekly Report 02/22/21-02/28/21

    Incident Type:   OUI drugs, DTE, Endangering the welfare of a child, & Other Pending Charges

    Date:                                     2/20/2021

    Town:                                   I-295 Freeport

    Trooper:                               tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: At approximately 1638 hours, Augusta RCC received several complaints of a motor vehicle traveling North on I-295 swerving. Tr. Lemieux located the vehicle on I-295 in Freeport swerving over both lanes almost striking the guardrail. Tr. Lemieux conducted a motor vehicle stop. After approximately one mile, the vehicle pulled over. The driver (later identified as Paul Trask) showed signs of impairment. Tr. Lemieux noticed a single pill on the passenger floor. Tr. Lemieux spoke with TRASK outside of the vehicle. TRASK had a large bulge in his pants pocket. In his pocket was a large pill bottle with two types of pills inside. The name on the pill bottle was his fiancés. Field Sobriety was conducted. TRASK was placed under arrest for OUI drugs. A DRE performed several more tests. While waiting for a Bail Commissioner, TRASK mother in-law called looking for her grandchild. TRASK said his son was with his mother in law. The mother in-law informed me she did not have TRASK son. Portland PD was requested to go to TRASK residence in Portland. It was found that TRASK left his 8-month-old child inside of his apartment alone for approximately six hours. DHHS was called. TRASK was transported to Cumberland County Jail. The pills inside were counted (593 unknown pills) (8 Xanax pills). All pills will be sent to the lab for testing.


    Incident Type:        OUI       

    Date:                          2/28/2021

    Town:                      Brownfield                   

    Trooper:                   Tr. Willard

    Brief Synopsis: On 2/29/2021, Trooper Willard was traveling west on Route 113 in Brownfield, when he observed a single vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction.  The vehicle was confirmed to be traveling at 76 mph in a posted 55 mph zone.  Once Trooper Willard reversed direction and began catching up, the vehicle quickly turned left onto the Wakefield Road.  Trooper Willard closed the distance and the vehicle finally stopped.  The truck was a red 2007 Chevy Colorado pickup which had no registration plates.  Subsequent investigation led to the driver, Michael Shuman of Brownfield to be arrested for suspicion of OUI.  Shuman was transported to Fryeburg Police Department for a breath test.  Shuman was charged with Operating Under the Influence.


    Incident Type:   OAR

    Date:                                   2/22/2021

    Town:                                 Bridgton

    Trooper:                             Tr. Knight

    Brief Synopsis:  Tr. Knight was traveling south on Rt 302 in Bridgton when she recognized a vehicle traveling north. Trp. Knight turned around, caught up to the vehicle and through prior knowledge and investigation, believed it was being operated by Tiffany Tolman, of Sweden. Tr. Knight conducted a traffic stop and confirmed Tiffany was the operator. She was also on multiple sets of bail. Tiffany was again arrested and booked at the Cumberland County Jail on felony OAR and VCR.


  • Maine Turnpike Worker Injured

    Wine Truck From the desk of Shannon Moss

    A Maine Turnpike worker escaped serious injury this morning when a tractor trailer, half loaded with wine, sideswiped a turnpike truck.

    This happened on Thursday at 9:45 am at Mile Marker 92 North in Litchfield.

    According to The Maine State Police the turnpike truck was parked in the breakdown lane with amber lights flashing. The driver and passenger had exited the vehicle to retrieve construction signs.


    Turnpike TruckThe crew was finished picking up trash for the day when the loaded tractor-trailer truck was northbound and drifted into the breakdown lane hitting the rumble strip. The noise alerted the workers who were able to get into the ditch safely. The tractor-trailer sideswiped the pickup and then continued into the ditch where the truck rolled over.

    The truck spilled its load of wine in the ditch.

    The truck was driven by William Rodney Harrington, 59, from Hartford Conn.

    A worker from the Turnpike, Michael Robinson, 43, was hit in the leg from debris flying from the crash. He was treated at the hospital.

    Harrington was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

    Harrington was summonsed for a logbook violation and failure to move over.

  • Oakfield Crash

    Oakfield CrashAn Island Falls woman escaped serious injury after a crash involving a tractor trailer in Oakfield. 

    At approximately 7 a.m., on March 19, 2021, Tpr. Hunter Cotton and Sgt. Chadwick Fuller responded to a crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Oakfield.  The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Audrey Violette, of Island Falls, was traveling north on the interstate when she became distracted by something in her vehicle.  As she became distracted, Ms. Violette drifted into the adjacent lane and drove under the rear tractor wheels of a northbound tractor trailer being driven by 50-year-old Kenneth McNally, of Sherman.  Her vehicle went under the rear wheels of the trailer, flipped over, and then skidded down the interstate coming to rest on a guardrail.  Ms. Violette was eventually helped out of her vehicle by a Good Samaritan.  

    She was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation; however, the primary cause is distraction.