Troop G

Massachusetts man arrested for OUI after crash in Wells

From thOUI Crash on I95e desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, October 25, 2021 at approximately 11:46 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-95 northbound at MM 18 in Wells. 

The preliminary investigation shows 43-year-old Cornelius Hegarty III of Salisbury, Massachusetts was driving his 2013 Toyota Corolla north on I-95 when he crashed into a 2021 Subaru Forester occupied by 64-year-old Carol Funk and 65-year-old Steven Funk of Scarborough. Both were transported to York Hospital for minor injuries. 

Hegarty was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence. He was summonsed to appear in court at later date. Prior to the crash, a complaint was reported to dispatch about Hegarty driving erratically. 
Hegarty was not injured.  

The crash remains under investigation.
 

Troop G Weekly Report - 10/18/2021 - 10/24/2021

On 10/18/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped a vehicle northbound in Gray for speeding. The operator, Isabella Gordon (18) of Freeport, was suspended. Gordon was summonsed for both speeding and Operating after Suspension.

On 10/18/2021, Tr. Bourdelais volunteered his time to meet with elementary students at River View Community School in South Gardiner.  The students had an opportunity to learn and discuss the roles and responsibilities of a Maine State Trooper. 

On 10/19/2021, Tr. Bourdelais conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle for defective taillights on the turnpike in Scarborough. Upon further investigation, it was determined the operator, Shane A. Irvin (50), was operating without a license. The vehicle was towed, and the operator was summonsed accordingly.

On 10/20/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Brandon Tang (20) of New Haven, CT on the ME Turnpike northbound in Saco for traveling 102 MPH.  He was charged with Criminal Speed.

On 10/21/2021, Tr. Bourdelais and Tr. Loder responded to a vehicle fire on the turnpike in Scarborough. The operator stated she started to smell smoke and when she looked down, she saw flames underneath the truck. The operator was able to pull over to the shoulder and all occupants were able to exit safely before the fire spread throughout the cabin. Nobody was injured during the incident and the commercial vehicle unit was able to address any compliance concerns.

   

On 10/21/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Conor Costa (19) of Oxford in Gray after a traffic complaint was reported on his vehicle. Costa was summonsed for no inspection and unregistered motor vehicle, and the vehicle was towed.

On 10/22/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Jeffrey Watson (26) of Gray on the ME Turnpike southbound in Gray.  He was found to be impaired, put through a battery of field sobriety tests, and arrested.  He was taken to the Gray Barracks for a Breathalyzer Test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was charged with Operating Under the Influence.

On 10/23/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Chad Brackett (41) of Lyman on the ME Turnpike southbound in Saco.  He was found to be impaired, put through a battery of field sobriety tests, and arrested.  He was taken to the Saco Police Department for a Breathalyzer Test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was charged with Operating Under the Influence and Operating Beyond License Restrictions.

On 10/23/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Michael McDonald (53) of Massachusetts on the ME Turnpike for expired registration northbound in York. His vehicle registration was found to be suspended for tolls. His vehicle was towed away.

On 10/23/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Marcio Pereira (35) of Massachusetts on the ME turnpike for an equipment violation southbound in York. He was charged with operating without a license. His vehicle was towed away.

On 10/24/2021, the midnight shift received a suspected impairment complaint from a toll taker. Sgt. Wilkinson located the vehicle in the Kennebunk Service Plaza. Subsequently, the operator was administered field sobriety tests and arrested for OUI. The operator tested over the legal limit, was charged with Operating Under the Influence, and later bailed from Kittery P.D.

Occupants of a dump truck escape injury after vehicle catches fire on the Turnpike

Vehicle fireFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, at approximately 7:15 a.m. a 2008 Peterbilt dump truck owned by MCC LLC of Buxton, caught fire as it was traveling on I-95 southbound in the area of mile marker 42 in Scarborough. The driver 50-year-old Michelle Beaulieu of Springvale noticed smoke in the cabin and shortly afterward flames coming through the floorboard. She was able to pull over just beyond the on-ramp before the whole cab caught fire. A passenger, 34-year-old Michael Mayer of Biddeford was also in the truck. Both Beaulieu and Mayer were not injured. 

The fire department was able to extinguish the fire but nothing is left of the cab. 

One lane of the Turnpike was shut down for about 30 minutes. Traffic was affected both north and southbound. 
 

Troop G Weekly Report - 10/11/2021 - 10/17/2021

On 10/12/2021, Cpl. Cropper responded to a single vehicle crash northbound at MM 37 in Saco. The operator, Connor A. Gardner (35) of Englewood, CO, drifted off of the roadway and crashed head on with a tree. Gardner was not wearing his seatbelt and hit his head on the windshield. Gardner was transported to MMC with a head injury. Gardner was suspended in MS and did not have a license in CO or ME. Gardner was summonsed for Operating Without a License.

On 10/12/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Godgiven Senga (42) of Massachusetts on the ME turnpike for erratic operation southbound in Scarborough. He was found to have a warrant for his arrest out of New Hampshire. He was charged as a fugitive from justice and transported to York County Jail. His vehicle was towed away.

On 10/12/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Ayom Anyang (31) of New Hampshire on I-295 for erratic operation northbound in South Portland. The vehicle had been called in as a traffic complaint prior to the stop. She was charged with driving to endanger and her vehicle was towed away.  

On 10/14/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Jacob Hillman (37) for an expired and suspended registration. Hillman was charged with VCR x3, attaching false plates, OAS, and no insurance, and the vehicle was towed.

On 10/15/2021, Tr. Bourdelais and Tr. Loder responded to a vehicle fire on the turnpike in Scarborough. The operator stated the cabin began to fill with smoke and he was able to safely maneuver the truck to the shoulder before the flames spread. Nobody was injured during the incident and the commercial vehicle unit was able to address any compliance concerns.

 

On 10/16/2021, at approximately 0040 hours, Tr. Flynn stopped a vehicle for speeding at MM 6 northbound. Upon further investigation, the operator, Spencer Carroll (20) of York, was arrested and charged with OUI. 

On 10/17/2021, Cpl. Physic summonsed Robert Ventimiglia Jr. for Criminal Speed.

On 10/17/2021, Cpl. Peckham located a stranded motorist on the southbound off ramp in Gray. Amie Ballard (38) was charged with VCR x4, Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drug, and no insurance, and the vehicle was towed.

Troop G Weekly Report - 10/04/2021 - 10/10/2021

On 10/04/2021, Tr. Ellis observed a group of individuals that had just been involved in a physical fight at the South Portland Treatment Center. Tr. Ellis and Cpl. Cropper secured the scene, interviewed the involved parties, and contacted several witnesses. The information was provided to South Portland PD.

On 10/07/2021, Tr. Ellis responded to a report of a crash on the ME Turnpike at MM 71. The driver, Edward Hyman (42) was suspected of being under the influence of drugs and was in possession of heroin. He was transported to Central Maine Medical Center and summonsed for the above offenses.

On 10/07/2021, Tr. Bourdelais assisted Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Gray for a possibly intoxicated subject. Upon further investigation, it was determined the operator was not impaired. The vehicle registration was found to be suspended for tolls and was towed. The operator was summonsed accordingly.

On 10/08/2021, Cpl. Cote stoppped Almuntadhar Mohammed (21) of South Portland on the ME Turnpike southbound in Cumberland.  His ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  He was summonsed for Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  His vehicle was towed away.

On 10/08/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Yefry Javier Paz Crus (24) of Nashua, NH on the ME Turnpike Spur eastbound in Falmouth.  He did not have a license and was charged with Operating Without a License.  Someone came to the scene to drive him and the vehicle away.

On 10/08/2021, Tr. Keim stopped Jeffrey Thurlow (39) of Greene for criminal speed.  Thurlow was traveling 85 MPH in a posted 45 MPH speed zone.

On 10/09/2021, Tr. LiBritz stopped a vehicle northbound for failure to keep right on a divided highway. There were two male occupants and the driver, Jonathan Tompkins (29) of Poland, was suspended. Tompkins was summonsed and they were escorted off the exit where they were picked up by a licensed driver.

On 10/09/2021, Tr. Bourdelais responded to a pedestrian on the turnpike in Scarborough. The male subject was walking on the turnpike attempting to get a ride. It was determined the subject exited a vehicle on the turnpike after a verbal argument took place. He was transported to Biddeford without incident.

On 10/10/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Jason Williams (41) of Mapleton. Williams was charged with operating after registration suspended.

On 10/10/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Jonathan LaPlante (36) of Cape Neddick. LaPlante was charged with operating after registration suspended.

Troop G Weekly Report - 09/27/2021 - 10/03/2021

On 09/27/2021, Cpl. Physic summonsed Douen Crookson for Criminal Speed for traveling 109 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.

On 09/27/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Alec McKeage (19) of Windham on the ME Turnpike for an erratic lane change southbound in Gray. His vehicle registration was found to be suspended for tolls. His vehicle was towed away.

On 09/27/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Alexis Bolduc-Greene (22) of Portland for expired registration. Bolduc-Greene was charged with operating after registration suspended.

On 09/28/2021, Tr. Bourdelais stopped a vehicle going 97 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. The operator was identified as Sean Newton (33) of Old Orchard Beach. Upon further investigation it was determined Newton had an active warrant out of Biddeford DC for Failure to Appear for Driving to Endanger. Newton was transported to York County Jail without incident and summonsed accordingly.

On 09/28/2021, Tr. Ellis stopped Sheena Woodsome (50) of Dayton on the ME Turnpike for an equipment violation southbound in Falmouth. Her plates were found to falsely attached and her licensed suspended. She was charged with operating after suspension and false attachment of plates. Her vehicle was towed away.

On 09/29/2021, Cpl. Peckham stopped Waice Falconeri (26) of Biddeford for expired registration. Falconeri was charged with operating after registration suspended, VCR, and no insurance. His vehicle was towed away.

On 09/30/2021, Sgt. Duda assisted with the motor unit in providing an escort for fallen Hancock County Deputy Luke Gross. The motor unit provided an escort from the funeral home in Bucksport to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

On 09/30/2021, Tr. Loder was flagged down by a motorist concerned about a white vehicle operating dangerously.  Tr. Loder caught up to a white sedan that was weaving from the breakdown lane to lane 1 while traveling only 35 MPH.  After stopping the vehicle near Exit 46, Tr. Loder arrested the operator, Steven J. Willey (60) of Portland, for OUI-Drugs and VCR.  At the time of the stop, Willey was out on bail for another OUI-Drugs case.  Sgt. Porter assisted at the scene, and Falmouth Police provided a DRE.

On 09/30/2021, at approximately 2309 hours, Tr. Welch responded to the area of mile 20 northbound on the Turnpike for a report of a car vs. tractor trailer crash.  The investigation revealed that Brian N. Anger (52) of Auburn, MA attempted to use the median crossover at 20.4 and was subsequently struck (t-boned) by a northbound TT unit.  Anger was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation is ongoing. 

On 10/03/2021, Tr. Loder responded to a single-vehicle crash at mile 28 southbound in Arundel. The operator, Abner Najera (42) of CT, was arrested for Operating without a License, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and VCR.  Najera has never had a driver’s license and was out on bail from a previous OUI & Operating w/o License arrest in Maine.

Massachusetts man killed in crash on Turnpike in Wells

Wells Fatal CrashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, at approximately 11:09 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car on I-95 northbound in Wells.  

The tractor-trailer, driven by 24-year-old Sahib Singh of Fresno, CA was traveling in the right lane when he observed a BMW parked in the breakdown lane. Singh moved to the middle lane from the right lane. The BMW, driven by 52-year-old Brian N. Anger of Auburn, MA pulled out directly in front of the tractor-trailer attempting to use the crossover. Singh was unable to avoid Anger and ran directly into the driver’s side of the car. Both vehicles came to rest in the median against the guardrail. It is unknown why Anger tried to use the crossover at mile 20. 

Brian Anger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Sahib Singh, who was hauling bulk goods to Lewiston, was transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries. 
The crash remains under investigation.  
Northbound traffic was down to one lane and southbound traffic down to two lanes. At this time the left lane of the Turnpike northbound at mile 20 remains blocked.
Wells Fire and Rescue, Maine State Commercial vehicle, and Maine State Police traffic unit assisted at the scene.
 

Troop G Weekly Report - 09/20/2021 - 09/26/2021

On 09/21/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Heidi Cook (42) on the ME Turnpike northbound in New Gloucester.  Her ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  She was charged with Operating after Suspension and her vehicle was towed away.  Within an hour of the stop, he received a tip that she had left the tow company lot driving.  Cpl. Cote spotted her on Washington St. in Auburn.  She was arrested, her vehicle was towed away again by the same tow company, and she was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where she was charged again with Operating after Suspension.

On 09/22/2021, Tr. Pescitelli initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that ran a stop sign and cut him off on Rt. 27 in Augusta. After making contact with the operator, the male driver admitted to driving on a suspended license. The vehicle he was operating did not have an inspection sticker nor was it registered. It was also discovered the male had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear on an OAS charge from the prior month. Tr. Pescitelli issued multiple VSACs and placed the individual under arrest on the warrant.

On 09/22/2021, at approximately 2329 hours, Tr. LiBritz responded to the northbound service plaza in Kennebunk for a report of a stranded woman requesting assistance. It was determined her daughter had dropped her off at the plaza around 2100 hours. The woman stated her 22-year-old daughter appeared “out of it” and she was in a lot of fear. A file was issued to check her well-being. The woman advised Tr. LiBritz she was trying to get to a hotel for the night but was not having any luck. Tr. LiBritz made arrangements for the woman to stay at a hotel in Sanford because there was nowhere local for her to go. No taxis were available, so Tr. LiBritz offered assistance bringing her there. The woman was traveling with her cat, Mogli, and he had gotten loose, climbed a tree, and got on the top of the Kennebunk Service Plaza roof. Mogli would not come down and Tr. LiBritz climbed to the top of the roof and saved the stranded cat. After they were reunited, Tr. LiBritz transported them to the hotel in Sanford.

On 09/23/2021, at approximately 0140 hours, Sgt. Duda, Tr. LiBritz, Tr. Pescitelli, and Sgt. Pappas responded to a vehicle crash at the westbound toll both plaza on the Falmouth spur. A vehicle had crashed into the concrete barrier that divides the toll booths. The vehicle then burst into flames. The toll booth attendant that was inside the booth at the time of the crash was taken to Maine Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The male operator, Ethan Chase (22) of Durham, was not injured and declined rescue. He was charged with Aggravated OUI.

 

On 09/23/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped Kevin Murphy (56) of Sanford for Criminal Speed for traveling 104 MPH in a 60 MPH zone northbound in Portland.

On 09/23/2021, Sgt. Duda assisted in a motor escort from Augusta to Bucksport for Deputy Luke Gross.

On 09/24/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped Matthieu O'Rourke (43) of Manchester, NH for speeding northbound in Arundel. O'Rourke was summonsed for Operating Without a License.

On 09/25/2021, Cpl. Physic arrested Laciann Gilblair for OUI.  Laciann took an intoxilyzer and blew over the legal limit.

On 09/25/2021, Tr. Pescitelli responded to a MV crash near MM 105 southbound. Investigation revealed that the operator was driving too fast for the weather and roadway conditions which led to a loss of control of the vehicle. The vehicle spun about 2-3 times on the roadway before colliding with the median guardrail and eventually coming to rest. The operator and passenger were transported for minor injuries.

On 09/26/2021, Cpl. Physic summonsed Jeremiah Theberge-Frick for Criminal Speed for traveling 119 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.

On 09/27/2021, Cpl. Physic arrested Peter Breitmaier for OUI.  Peter took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit.

Durham Man Crashes into Toll Booth Injuring Attendant

Toll Crash with smoke and fire extinguishing material.On Thursday, September 23, 2021 at approximately 1:40 a.m. 22-year-old Ethan Chase of Durham was traveling east bound on the Falmouth Spur when he lost control of his car and crashed into a toll booth. 

The impact of the crash caused Chase’s car to catch fire and heavily damage a section of the toll booth. The shattered glass and debris from the crash struck 46-year-old John Schwabe of Westbrook. He was transported to Maine Medical Center for lacerations to his head and face.  He is expected to be released from the hospital today. Chase was not injured in the crash.

The initial investigation shows speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Chase has been charged with Aggravated OUI.

The crash remains under investigation. No additional details are available at this time. 

The Falmouth Fire Department assisted in the crash. An engineer from the Maine Turnpike Authority will be on scene today to access the damage.

The high speed toll lanes were not impacted.
 

Troop G Weekly Report - 09/13/2021 - 09/19/2021

On 09/14/2021, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for speeding during morning commute.  The driver, Derek Lemieux, was found to have a suspended driver license status and had an active warrant for FTA.  Derek was bailed from Troop B and summonsed for OAS.

On 09/15/2021, Sgt. Duda and K9 Mack responded to Auburn after being requested to conduct a K9 sniff of a vehicle that Auburn PD conducted. No indications were observed, a small amount of fentanyl was located inside the car during a hand search.

On 9/16/2021, Tr. Loder received a call about a vehicle that was operating erratically before striking the guardrail. Tr. Loder located the vehicle on the shoulder near mile 37 to find the driver unresponsive and locked inside the car.  One of the other motorists who called 911 about the vehicle had stopped with it.  This other motorist, a doctor/medical school professor, wasn’t able to access the operator inside the car.  Tr. Loder provided the doctor with a box of Narcan, then broke out one of the car’s rear windows to gain access to the driver.  The doctor administered two doses of Narcan and monitored the driver’s vitals until EMS arrived.  The driver lived, and ultimately Daniel Walleston (23) of Massachusetts was charged with OUI-Drugs.  Cpl. Cropper assisted and recovered drugs – suspected of being fentanyl – from the vehicle.  Lab tests are pending.

On 09/16/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Stanley Hill (38) of Auburn on the ME Turnpike northbound in Auburn.  His ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and his vehicle was towed away.

On 09/17/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped Isaiah O'Brien (23) of Lewiston at the Exit 63 off ramp in Gray after the RCC received multiple complaints on his poor operation. O’Brien was taken into custody and transported to Troop B for an intoxilyzer test. O’Brien tested over the legal limit and was transported to Cumberland County Jail. This was O’Brien's second OUI in 24 hours.

On 09/18/2021, Tr. Bourdelais stopped Chad Brown (30) of Oakland at MM 48 SB after an erratic driving complaint. Brown was arrested for OUI and tested over the legal limit. Sgt. Wilkinson assisted at the stop.

On 09/18/2021, Tr. Loder responded to a single vehicle rollover at the entrance to the southbound service plaza in Kennebunk to find the vehicle struck the guardrail in the gore at the departing ramp before striking a light pole, a road sign post, and an embankment.  The vehicle then flipped over the embankment and came to rest at the edge of a small pond.  Amazingly, the operator was not hurt.  He was on his way home from working the overnight shift and fell asleep at the wheel.

On 09/19/2021, Tr. Loder responded to a non-reportable crash in the northbound rest area in Kittery.  Upon running the registrations of the involved parties, Tr. Loder discovered one of the operators was the subject of a missing/endangered subject teletype issued in August.  After further investigation, it became apparent the woman was in good health and not in crisis or a danger to herself.  The teletype was canceled.

On 09/19/2021, Tr. Worcester was dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at MM 1 SB involving a dump truck. Shortly after the crash was reported, a motorcycle crashed into one of the vehicles. The motorcycle operator sustained a broken leg. Tr. MacKinnon assisted at the crash scene.

On 09/19/2021, Tr. Kristy LiBritz took part in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk which took place in Portland at Fort Allen Park. Tr. LiBritz raised money to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and walked in honor of a family member.

 

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