Troop C

Clinton Man Charged After Fatal Crash

David W. Johnson, 44, of Clinton, Maine

A Clinton man was arrested and is facing felony charges for a fatal crash that killed two men in November of 2019.

On March 2, 2020, Troopers from Troop C arrested David W. Johnson, 44, of Clinton, Maine, after a lengthy investigation that included Specialists from the Maine State Police Traffic Safety Unit and several members of Maine State Police Troop C in Skowhegan.

This was as a result of a crash on November 23, 2019 on Hill Road in Canaan that killed Scott Miller, 55, of and Robert Archer, 58, both of Clinton.

David Johnson is charged with two counts of Class A Felony Manslaughter, two counts of Class B Felony Aggravated OUI causing death, one count of Class C Aggravated OUI causing serious bodily injury and one count of Class D OUI, 1 Prior. Johnson is being held at Somerset County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.


Mount Vernon Man Flees From Police and Steal Snow Mobile


A Mount Vernon man is in custody after fleeing from police on foot before stealing a snowmobile to continue eluding police.

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 around 2:45 pm. Trooper Travis Luce from Troop C located and stopped a vehicle on the Bean Road in Mount Vernon in an attempt to arrest one of the occupants in the vehicle for two active criminal arrest warrants. Caleb Hupper (30) of Mount Vernon ran from the vehicle and a foot chase ensued through the woods and onto a snowmobile trail where he stole a snowmobile and continued to elude police. Law Enforcement Officers from Troops C and D, the Maine Warden Service, Maine Fire Marshalls Office, Maine Forrest Service Airwing and Winthrop Police Department assisted in the call. Shortly before 5 p.m. Trooper Hunter Belanger and K9 Dallas located Caleb on a snowmobile trail near Maranacook Community School in Readfield which is approximately 7 miles from where the initial foot chase took place. School officials were made aware of the incident and were asked to take precautionary steps to ensure the safety of anyone on school grounds.
Hupper was arrested on active criminal warrants for Violating Conditions of Release stemming from charges of Operating After Habitual Offender status, Driving to Endanger and Failing to Notify of a Motor Vehicle Accident. The second warrant was for charges of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer of Property, Failing to Submit to Arrest or Detention and Violating Conditions of Release.
Hupper was issued new criminal charges for Eluding, Failing to Stop, Failing to Submit to Arrest or Detention, Theft by Unauthorized Taking for Transfer of Property and additional Title 12 violations.  He was transported to the Kennebec County Jail without injury or further incident.
The Maine State Police credits the unified and dedicated work by all the agencies involved in apprehending Hupper. They would like to thank the members of the public who assisted in providing updated information to patrol units as it became available.

Three Killed in Clinton Crash

Clinton CrashState and Clinton Police say three Clinton teenagers and pre-teens died early Sunday morning when the car they were passengers in slammed into a tree on the Hinckley Road in Clinton.  Two others in the car, including the driver, survived the crash and are being treated at Maine Medical Center for non life threatening injuries . Troopers said the car struck an icy patch on the road, went into an uncontrolled skid and struck the large tree on the passengers side of the 2007 Toyota Corolla.

The three victims are 15 year old Thomas Porfirio , 14 year old Emily Baker and her 12 year old sister, Ashland Baker. The three were dead inside the car when first responders arrived at the crash site.

The injured ,who were also found inside the car, are 14 year old Nevaeh Wilson of Clinton  and the driver is a 16 year old Clinton boy.  His name is being withhold as investigators and district attorney's office continue to review the crash investigation.  The cause is likely to be driver inexperience and speed and the boy did not have a driver's license.Clinton Crash 2

The crash was reported at 7:16 AM by another driver and a team of troopers joined  Clinton Police and Fire Department personnel at the scene.   The crash took place on a straight section of the Hinckley Road, near the intersection of the True Road. 

Woman seriously injured in a collision met up with the Trooper who assisted her during the ordeal

Vance ThuOn Dec. 23, 2019, Cpl. Diane Vance responded to a serious personal injury accident in Sidney where Emily Thu had lost control of her vehicle and become grievously injured. Passer-by, John Kay, stopped to render assistance and comfort to Emily until help could arrive. 

“To be honest, I’m not sure what made me stop. I think maybe just human nature. We all have it, it’s just a matter of whether or not you act on it,” said Kay in an email. “If you see that someone needs help, it really shouldn’t be a question. The events of that night will stay with me forever. Emily was in the vehicle in front of me when her accident occurred, there is no way I could have just continued down the road. For this, I am forever grateful.”

Kay noted the reason for his being out that evening was far from a happy one, as he was on his way to the emergency vet where he had to unexpectedly put his family dog down.

“But now we have a new friend from the outcome,” he said. “Emily will hopefully always be a part of our life.”

Cpl. Vance was able to provide first aid, including a tourniquet, staying with Emily and holding her hand during the ordeal. Thu was flown by LifeFlight to Lewiston, and while being treated, Thu requested a visit so she could thank Cpl. Vance. Cpl. Vance went in to CMCC on her day off to visit with Emily. Cpl. Vance also helped connect Emily with Kay who stopped to render aid and comfort. Kay and his wife have also been to visit Emily while she was in the hospital. We are happy to report that Thu was recently released from the hospital. 

Thu Kay“[Kay’s] Presence kept me strong until responders arrived. I have developed a strong bond with John and his wife Lulu, and Cpl. Vance,” Thu said in an email. “This may seem like an ordeal to some, but it introduced me to some of the kindest people, and I am forever thankful for that.”

We are sharing this post with Emily Thu and John Kay’s permission. We would like to thank them for allowing us to share this post with you.

Canaan Fatal Crash

Canaan CrashA crash left one dead and two injured in Canaan. The road was closed for five hours as Troopers investigated the incident.

On Nov. 23, at approximately 7:09 p.m., 2019, Maine State Police Trooper Garrett Booth, Trooper Eric Sucy, Corporal Rick Moody, and Sergeant Peter Michaud responded to the area 1292 Hill Road in Canaan for a report of a single vehicle crash involving three occupants. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the driver of a 2004 Mustang convertible failed to negotiate a left turn, went off the roadway and struck a tree head-on where it came to rest.  The driver, David Johnson, 44, of Clinton and passenger Robert Archer, 58, of Clinton, were both taken to a local hospital then then transferred Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for serious injuries.  The third passenger, Scott Miller, 55, also of Clinton, was killed in the crash.

Preliminary investigation suggests alcohol to be contributing factor in the crash, however the investigation is ongoing.  

Troop C personnel were assisted by Specialist Pion of the Maine State Police Traffic Unit for mapping and reconstruction purposes.  Canaan Fire Dept and Somerset Sheriff’s deputies also assisted in the emergency response.  The Hill Road was shut down for approximately 5 hours while Troopers completed the scene investigation. 


Sidney Fatal
Trooper Eric Sucy investigating today’s fatal crash in Sidney

Maine State Police say a woman was killed this morning when her pickup truck overturned off the Middle Road in Sidney.  Trooper Eric Sucy said Elizabeth Simmons,38, of Sidney, Simmons was not wearing her seat belt when the truck overturned off the Middle Road.   Troopers said the truck was speeding and the woman was not wearing her seat belt.  The truck went off the road on a slight curve and came to rest on its roof at the intersection of the Reynolds Hill Road. The woman, the truck’s only occupant , was killed instantly.  The crash was reported about 8:15 a.m.  The crash was less than two miles from the Augusta city line.

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Tpr. Eric Sucy Receives Jan Arsenault Award

SucyTrooper Eric Sucy recently received the Jan Arsenault Award from NFI North. This award is given to individuals who contribute to NFI in ways that aligned with the work of its namesake, Jan Arsenault. According to materials in the program, Arsenault was known for her selfless manner and engagement with employees and the larger NFI community.

NFI noted that Sucy “became more than an emergency responder, he became an outstanding volunteer and friend to all the young people at Sidney River Bend [School]. When he visits, either during an official call or just for fun, he emphasizes the characteristics of what it takes to be a healthy and productive member of a community. He’s known to stop by randomly to teach a classroom lesson, discuss the finer art of fishing or engage in a pick-up game of basketball in full uniform.

“Trooper Sucy’s style and manner of community policing speaks to the type of volunteer he is. Trooper Sucy supports our mission of caring, respect and safety, both on and off-duty. This past year, he joined the Sidney River Bend advisory board, and through his involvement, we have already extended our connections with the larger community.”

When he went to accept the award, Sucy gave some background about his involvement with the Sidney River Bend School, where the students in grades 8 through 10 had a strained relationship with law enforcement. Unfortunately, Sucy and other Troopers and deputies would be called there to assist frequently, something Sucy sought to change.
“I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t frustrated with the call volume. I felt like I couldn’t get away from the place and neither could my fellow Troopers and Deputies,” he said. “It hit me one day, instead of dread going there, I would try to fix it so we did not have to go there as much. In my mind, hopefully ever.”

Sucy increased his visibility on campus, showing up when there wasn’t a call, which puzzled staff and students alike. Though, when he first started doing this, many of the kids ran away at the sight of a uniformed Trooper because they “hated” cops.

“I had to teach them that they had a bad experience ONE time and not all experiences are alike,” he said. “Quickly, I formed a relationship with residence and staff. They realized, or I think they did, that I was there to help and not for show. The kids that ran and hid when I first showed up, now were wearing my Stetson and joking and laughing with me.”

But it wasn’t just about forming good feelings, Sucy said he wanted to hold the residence accountable for their actions. That the bad experience they had with a cop originated somewhere, and the students agreed that it had generated from their own actions.

Visits that started out from a few minutes grew to an hour and included Sucy talking about his work, laughing about life or listening to students sing. And they would tell him about their lives and families and life events they were proud of.

And it was working. Supervisors and coworkers asked what he was doing at River Bend, and his fellow Troopers were thanking him. Police call volumes to the school plummeted, and Sucy couldn’t recall the last time he had to respond in an official capacity.

Sucy recalled forming bonds with the kids at the school, and one in particular.

“I could tell when I spoke with this young man, he was listening. He looked at me differently than most. To this day, I don’t know if I can explain it, but it was special. He wanted to hear what I had to say and he wanted to strive and be a better person,” Sucy said.

He quoted Admiral William McRaven to the youth, giving him advice about making one’s bed:
“ ‘If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,’ McRaven said. ‘It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another’
“Admiral McRaven goes on to talk about that you can’t perfect a large task if you can’t perfect the small ones. But most importantly, he speaks of the possibility of having a bad day. Well, at least you go home to a made bed and you can start again the next day,” Sucy said.

Sucy told the young man that if he spent 30 minutes cleaning his room, he would be able to play with the bells and whistles in Sucy’s cruiser (minus the firearms, of course). Sucy checked in about a week later, and the young man’s room was clean, and staff confirmed he had spent the full 30 minutes cleaning it. And this change was not temporary.

“I still go back and visit my friends at Sidney River Bend, but I will say it is not the same since this young man has left. I walk in and still have that hope that I will get to see him. I am proud of him and truly miss him,” said Sucy. “For as much as I hope I have taught the residents at Sidney River Bend, I know for a fact, they taught me a lot about myself, which I am grateful for.”

Sidney Crash

Sidney Crash 1Multiple people were hospitalized with minor injuries after two vehicles collided Saturday morning in Sidney. 

On Sept 7, 2019,at approximately 11:30 a.m., Michael Moore, 74, of Texas, was operating his 2017 white GMC pickup and hauling a travel trailer southbound on Interstate 95 near mile marker 120 in Sidney.  Moore advised that he was diabetic and had blacked out while driving.  Moore and his passenger/wife Susan Moore, 68, drifted over into the passing lane and collided with Janet Arthur, 60, from Tennessee, in her 2007 Infiniti.  The two vehicles went off the road into the median where the pickup truck and camper then rolled over the sedan and came to rest.  

Sidney Crash 2Arthur’s passengers Linda Overvay, 55, and Barbera Knigge, 53, all from Tennessee, were transported to Augusta Maine General for minor injuries.  The Moores were also transported to Augusta for minor injuries and their two dogs were taking by the Animal Control Officer.  Multiple agencies responding to the scene and the passing lane was shut down for approximately 2 hours.   

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