Troop G

Troop G - Trooper Steven Stubbs Retires

Trooper Steven Stubbs is retiring from the Maine State Police after 25 years of service. His official last day will be Friday, May 29, 2020. Lt. Baker presented Tr. Stubbs with a plaque in honor of his 25 years of service and dedication to the Maine State Police.

Trooper Steven Stubbs retired after 25 years of service
Trooper Steven Stubbs retired after 25 years of service

 

 

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Troop G Weekly Report 05/18/2020 - 05/24/2020

On 05/18/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Jack C. McCarthy (26) of Portland for Criminal Speed (113 MPH) at mile 23 in Kennebunk. McCarthy was cited accordingly.

On 05/19/2020, Tr. Darcy charged Justin Royal (24) of Sanford with Aggravated Trafficking Schedule W Drugs as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Wells. Royal was in possession of 16 grams of fentanyl, 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and over 70 different types of pills to include oxycodone and suspected ecstasy. Troopers Williams, Wilkinson, and Libritz assisted. 

On 05/20/2020, Tr. Keller responded to a tractor trailer rollover on the Exit 75 SB ramp. The operator, a 27-year-old male from Florida, sustained an injury to his hand. He lost control on the ramp and rolled onto his side carrying bundles of wood. The ramp was shut down while the tractor trailer was towed. Cpl. Cloutier, Tr. Northrup, and Sgt. Porter assisted.

On 05/21/2020, during the morning commute, Tr. Physic pulled a vehicle over for erratic operation. Tr. Physic learned the driver, Kevin Lunn, had a suspended driver license status due to several suspensions. Tr. Physic summonsed the driver for Operating After Suspension.

On 05/22/2020, Tr. Keim responded to a rollover crash at 23 NB in Wells. After Tr. Keim’s investigation, he was able to determine that the young driver was on a permit and was either distracted and/or unfamiliar with the vehicle. She went into the left dirt shoulder, struck the guardrail, and then traveled across all three lanes. While going across the three lanes, she was struck by a vehicle that was in the far right lane. This in turn caused that vehicle to go off the road and roll over twice. All parties involved walked away from the crash with only scratches.

On 05/22/2020, Tr. Darcy charged Rodney Brown (43) of NH with Operating without a License as the result of a traffic stop southbound on the turnpike in Wells.

On 05/22/2020, Tr. Darcy charged Daniel Foley (49) of NH with Operating without a License as the result of a traffic stop southbound on the turnpike in Ogunquit.

On 05/23/2020, at approximately 0206 hours, Tr. Libritz responded to a vehicle off the road at mile 37 SB in Saco. Upon further investigation it was determined the operator, David Smith (36) of Bath, was intoxicated and had a BAC over the legal limit. He was arrested for Operating Under the Influence. Sgt. Doughty waited with the vehicle until the wrecker removed it.

On 05/23/2020, Tr. Darcy stopped two vehicles traveling at high rates of speed southbound on the turnpike. The speeds were 101 MPH and 96 MPH; both drivers were from Massachusetts.

On 05/23/2020, Tr. Keim stopped Cortes Sorto Selvin Omar (22) from Honduras for traveling 102 MPH in a posted 70 MPH speed zone. After interviewing the driver and the 3 passengers, it was determined that all 4 were in the United States illegally. Tr. Keim contacted ICE and relayed the information to them.  ICE will be investigating at a later date. Omar was charged with criminal speed.

On 05/23/2020, Tr. Keim responded to a single motor vehicle crash at mile 42 SB. The male operator from Kennebunkport stated that he was in middle lane and went to change lanes and lost control. He then went into the center median and struck the guardrail. He was taken to SMMC for observation.

On 05/23/2020, Tr. Duda investigated a vehicle stopped in the road prior to the 42 entrance ramp in Scarborough. The female operator, Nicole Boothby (35) of Alfred, was crawling around in her vehicle looking for her E-ZPass. Boothby had been drinking earlier in the evening and was ultimately arrested for operating under the influence. She was brought to the Cumberland County Jail for a breath test, which she refused to take. She was charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating beverages.

On 05/24/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Abdifatah S. Ali (34) of Portland for Criminal Speed (119 MPH) at mile 33 in Saco. Ali was cited accordingly.

On 05/24/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Mujahid Kosa Kukukomi (41) of Roxbury, MA for Criminal Speed (106 MPH) at mile 23 in Kennebunk. Kukukomi was cited accordingly.

Tr. Williams cited several drivers for excessive speed. High speeds were 127, 102, and 104 MPH.

Troop G Weekly Report 05/11/2020 - 05/17/2020

On 05/11/2020, Tr. MacKinnon responded to a report of a van off into the woods with airbags deployed in the area of mile marker 4 SB. The female operator (15), of Saco, took her parents’ vehicle without permission and lost control of the vehicle.  She admitted to speeding and lost control, going off the roadway, and striking a tree. She sustained serious injury to her leg and was transported to the hospital in NH. Her father was contacted by Tr. MacKinnon and he did not want to pursue any charges on taking the MV. Tr. Paradis assisted on scene.

On 05/12/2020, after responding to a single vehicle crash near mile 34 in Saco, Tr. Loder arrested Michael J. Porper (37) of North Berwick.  Porper was charged with OUI-drugs, Trafficking Schedule W & Schedule Z, OAS and Improper Plates.  Tr. Duda assisted.

On 05/13/2020, Tr. Darcy charged Kevin Newman (34) of Biddeford with Operating after Suspension as the result of a traffic stop on Alfred St. in Biddeford.

On 05/16/2020, at 1230 hours, Tr. Black received an erratic MV complaint from SP Augusta.  There were 2 separate calls within minutes describing a dark-colored Nissan sedan with NC registration traveling SB from mile 106 that was speeding, driving erratically, and some type of road rage.  Tr. Black was in the area of MM 92 and observed the vehicle.  At 1244 hours, Tr. Black advised that he was in a chase with the Nissan at speeds of 120 MPH from mile 86 in Sabattus.  Cpl. Cloutier attempted to spike the vehicle at mile 76.  Sgt. Bureau attempted to spike the Nissan at mile 63.  The Nissan almost struck a vehicle hauling a boat at mile 68 that was pulled over in the breakdown lane and passed vehicles in the breakdown lane at mile 56 in Falmouth.  At 1302 hours, Tr. Keim was behind the Nissan when it pulled over at mile 54 and a felony stop was conducted.  All occupants were placed into custody without incident.  The male operator, Mr. Michael Pierce, had a suspended Maine driver’s license out of Houlton.  Mr. Pierce was transported to the Cumberland County Jail.  He was charged with Eluding, Driving to Endanger, and Operating after Suspension.  The two passengers were released.  The registered owner was not with the vehicle.  There were no injuries and the vehicle was towed by Copp Motors.

On 05/16/2020, Sgt. Doughty, Tr. Harakles, and Tr. Physic were called to a verbal domestic where the girlfriend stayed at the Kennebunk Plaza and the boyfriend (a truck driver) left with a child.  Both parties were interviewed, and no crime had taken place.  Both parties went their separate ways.

On 05/16/2020, Tr. Welch arrested Jayson E. Stone (34) of Revere, MA for Criminal Speed (118 MPH) at mile 23 in Kennebunk. 

On 05/16/2020, Tr. Welch arrested Nilton S. Miranda (24) of Brockton, MA for Criminal Speed (108 MPH) at mile 25 in Kennebunk.

Tr. Williams summonsed several drivers for speeding.  High speeds were 99, 101, and 108 MPH.

Troop G Weekly Report 05/04/2020 - 05/10/2020

On 05/04/2020, Tr. Williams arrested Katie Hayhurst (35) of Schenectady, NY after she failed to stop for approximately six miles. Hayhurst originally passed Trooper Williams’ fully-marked cruiser at 125 MPH and maintained that speed until she exited in Kennebunk, hitting a curb and flattening her front left tire. Hayhurst was charged with Failure to Stop for Police Officer, Criminal Speed, and Operating Without a License. Troopers Duda and Loder assisted in the arrest.

On 05/05/2020, Tr. Duda clocked a vehicle traveling 104 MPH in posted 70 MPH zone near mile marker 10 northbound in York. Tr. Duda caught up with the vehicle near mile marker 19 northbound and conducted a traffic stop. The operator, Paul Hardiman (35) of Quincy, Massachusetts, was heading to Sabattus to open his family camp. Hardiman was determined to be operating under the influence of intoxicating beverages. He was ultimately arrested and transported to the York County Jail for operating under the influence and exceeding the speed limit by 30 MPH or more.

On 05/07/2020, Tr. Physic, Tr. Willard (Troop B), and Tr. Watson (Troop B) participated in a parade in Leeds that the Leeds Central School staff did to connect with their students and show that they missed them. There were many students on the parade route.

On 05/09/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Alyse A. Moore (21) of Lynn, MA for Criminal Speed (103 MPH) at mile 31 in Biddeford. Moore was cited accordingly.

On 05/08/2020, Lt. Baker stopped Sandra Lee Norton (76) of Massachusetts for Criminal Speed of 92 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. She was charged accordingly. 

 

Troop G Weekly Report 04/27/2020 - 05/03/2020

On 04/27/2020, Tr. Keller was dispatched to a fatal crash at MM 82 NB in Lewiston. Joshua Lussier (31) of Lewiston was the operator of a Hyundai Elantra that traveled into the median, striking the guardrail. Lussier was ejected and came to rest in lane 1. The Hyundai spun to the right break down lane. Lussier died as a result of his injuries and the investigation continues. Cpl. Cloutier, Sgt. Porter, Sgt. Pappas, Sgt. Bureau, Tr. Welch, Tr. Davis, Tr. Pyburn, and Tr. Lemieux all assisted in the investigation. Lewiston PD assisted with a forensic mapping and reconstruction of the crash.

On 04/28/2020, Lt. Baker stopped Aaron Lovey (47) of Cumberland for criminal speed of 81 MPH in a 50-MPH zone. He was cited appropriately.

On 04/30/2020, Sgt. Doughty and Tr. Physic responded to a vehicle off the road at Exit 53. The vehicle sustained heavy damage. The driver was transported to Maine Medical Center. Tr. Physic conducted a follow-up and ruled out impairment. 

Troop G Weekly Report 04/20/2020-04/26/2020

On 04/23/2020, Tr. Physic received an erratic operation complaint. Tr. Physic was finally able to catch up to the vehicle and witnessed it all over the road. Tr. Physic initiated a complaint and made contact with the driver. Tr. Physic ruled out impairment from alcohol or drugs. Tr. Physic questioned the driver further and the driver could not answer basic questions. Tr. Physic had dispatch call rescue. Rescue thought something was wrong as well, so they transported her to the hospital.

On 04/24/2020, Tr. Duda responded to a single vehicle crash near mile marker 25 northbound. Evan Clark (26) was traveling northbound when he became distracted changing music on his phone. Clark drifted off the roadway and onto the rumble strip. The passenger grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to over correct, lose control, and crash into the guardrail on the median side of the road. Clark was summonsed for operating with a hand-held mobile device.

On 04/25/2020, Tr Physic received a complaint from Saco PD stating they had a stolen vehicle at the Saco Park and Ride. Tr. Physic went there and had the vehicle towed and spoke to the detectives from New York. Sgt. Doughty assisted.

On 04/25/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Sadie Cooper of Auburn for criminal speed. She was cited accordingly. 

Lewiston Fatal Accident

Lewiston CrashState Police say the man who died in a crash on the Maine Turnpike in Lewiston on April 27, 2020,  is 31 year old Joshua Lussier of Lewiston.  Troopers said Lussier was traveling at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane when his car struck guardrails.  He was not wearing his seat belt and was thrown out of the car. He died at the crash site. 

Troop G Weekly Report 04/13/2020-04/19/2020

On 04/13/2020, Tr. Duda responded to a single vehicle roll over crash at mile 19 northbound. The male operator lost control of his vehicle in the rain. The vehicle rolled over into the grassy area near the mile 19 departure ramp and came to rest on the passenger’s side.

On 04/14/2020, at approximately 0952 hours, Tr. Hager observed a gray Volkswagen Jetta 4DR pull into the Kennebunk Park and Ride parking lot, facing eastbound, with a female operator and male passenger. Tr. Hager recalled a File 8 teletype that went out regarding a gray Volkswagen 4DR involved in a robbery at a 7-11 in Springvale that occurred at 0822 hours. Tr. Hager contacted RCC Augusta dispatch, via radio, and confirmed the registration provided in the teletype. Tr. Hager confronted the occupants and confirmed they were both suspects listed on the teletype and detained them. Detained were Gage Gagne (23) of Springvale and Abigail Davis (21) of Kennebunk. Kennebunk Police responded and assisted with securing and transporting the suspects to the Sanford Police Department. Detective Colleen Adams of the Sanford Police Dept. responded and conducted her investigation. Tr. Reaser and Tr. Hall responded and assisted.

On 04/14/2020, Lt. Baker stopped Daphne Deveau (19) of Gray for speed of 90 MPH in a 70-MPH zone.  Deveau did not have a driver’s license and was summonsed accordingly.

On 04/14/2020, Lt. Baker stopped Daniel Wyatt for criminal speed of 91 MPH in a 60-MPH zone. He was summonsed accordingly. 

On 04/15/2020, at approximately 2019 hours, Tr. Keller responded to a Nissan Rogue went off the roadway on the Exit 75 southbound ramp. The male operator of the Nissan failed to maintain control in the corner and rolled over. The two occupants only had complaints of pain and were transported by Auburn Rescue as a precaution. The Rescue and Fire personnel assisted them in getting out of the vehicle because they were upside down being held by their seatbelts.

On 04/16/2020, Lt. Baker stopped Jeviouris Reid for speed.  Reid was charged with Operating after Suspension. 

On 04/18/2020, Cpl. Cote arrested Jeffrey Jacobs for OUI at mile 44 northbound in Scarborough on the ME Turnpike. His BrAC was over the legal limit.

On 04/18/2020, Tr. Baker stopped Ivan Meikle (42) traveling 104 MPH northbound in Gray. Ivan was charged with Operating after Suspension as well.

On 04/18/2020, Tr. Baker charged Joshua Bankhead (42) with OUI following a stop in Gray.

 

Troop G Weekly Report 04/06/2020-04/12/2020

On 04/09/2020, Troop G covered numerous vehicle slide offs and crashes during the snow storm.

On 04/10/2020, several members of Troop G posted along the Turnpike in the crossovers during the Honor Guard escort of Larry Lord returning to Maine.

There were thirteen total calls for service, of all types, for the midnight shift for the week. Four calls were complaints on operation. Two of them were on the same fatigued driver. One other was a possible tired truck driver. The other one was a complaint of a car driving too slow. Traffic was very light. Two car deer crashes.

 

Troop G Weekly Report 03/30/2020-04/05/2020

On 03/31/2020, Tr. Physic summonsed Christian Taylor for Criminal Speed for going 125 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.

On 04/05/2020, Tr. Physic covered a car/deer crash where a driver killed four deer and the driver left with no injury.

On 04/05/2020, Tr. Black was called to the Gardiner Service Plaza for a male in a vehicle with sheets covering the windows who stated, ‘he didn’t like this life anymore’ and had a pellet gun. The subject stated he wasn’t suicidal but was going to the hospital voluntarily to talk to someone. No crime was committed.

From Sgt. Doughty (midnight shift): The midnight shifts only had two erratic operation complaints for the week. One was a car reported weaving in the lanes that entered from New Hampshire and departed in Kittery before Tr. Harakles could locate it. The other was a possible tired trucker that was reported drifting. Tr. Libritz watched for it but did not see any trucks matching the description that were drifting.

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