Troop G

Troop G Weekly Report - 05/09/2022 - 05/15/2022

On 05/09/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Jose Rodriguez (36) of Providence, RI on the ME Turnpike northbound in Auburn.  His right to operate in ME was under suspension.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and a licensed passenger drove the vehicle away.

On 05/10/2022, Cpl. Cropper stopped Aaron Scally (22) of Saco for speed on the ME Turnpike northbound in Gray. His license was found to be under suspension and he was summonsed for OAS.

On 05/11/2022, Tpr. Ellis stopped Audrey Chambers (33) of Rhode Island for an expired ME registration northbound in York. She was found to have a Rhode Island arrest warrant. She was charged with fugitive from justice, arrested, and transported to York County Jail. Cpl. Physic assisted.

On 05/13/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Joseph Verzosa (54) of Auburn on the ME Turnpike at Exit 53 in Falmouth.  He was under the influence and put through a battery of field sobriety tests.  He was found to be impaired and arrested.  His license was found to be under suspension for OUI.  He had two prior OUI convictions.  He was taken to the Portland Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was then taken to the Cumberland County Jail where he was charged with Operating Under the Influence and Operating After Suspension.  

On 05/13/2022, Tpr. Anstett responded to Madison to complete a motorcycle crash reconstruction. Preliminary investigation shows a male who was operating his Jeep while impaired passed through a stop sign, colliding with a motorcycle and its two occupants.

On 05/14/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Zeeshan Bhatty (39) of Leominster, MA on the ME Turnpike northbound in Scarborough.  He was under the influence and put through a battery of field sobriety tests.  He was found to be impaired and arrested.  He was taken to the Portland Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was then taken to the Cumberland County Jail where he was charged with Operating Under the Influence.  

On 05/14/2022, Tpr. Anstett responded to I-95 in Falmouth for a crash. Investigation revealed that James George (67) of Newburyport MA was traveling northbound while impaired, causing a multi-vehicle crash. George was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, arrested, and charged with Operating Under the Influence – Alcohol. Additional charges are pending.

On 05/14/2022, Tpr. Pescitelli received a traffic complaint at MM 62N. Tr. Pescitelli made contact with the vehicle and observed operation that was consistent with an intoxicated driver. Upon making contact with the operator and passed out passenger, Tpr. Pescitelli observed multiple signs of impairment and vomit on the outside of the passenger’s door.  Field sobriety tests were administered, and the operator was placed under arrest for suspicion of OUI. An intoxilyzer test at the Androscoggin County Jail revealed the operator’s BAC to be over the legal limit.

On 05/15/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Taylor Hoyt (29) of Winthrop on I-95 in Farmingdale for suspended registration. Hoyt was charged with FT produce insurance and the vehicle was towed.

On 05/15/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Kevan White (31) of Lewiston on I-95 in West Gardiner for a vehicle defect. White was charged with OAS, FT produce insurance, and no inspection, and the vehicle was towed.

Troop G Weekly Report - 04/25/2022 - 05/01/2022

On 04/25/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped William Tarbox (29) of Saco on the ME Turnpike southbound in Portland.  He had been traveling 89 mph in a posted 50 mph active construciton zone.  He was charged with Criminal Speed.

On 04/25/2022, Cpl. Physic summonsed Donald Mitchell for OAS and Suspended Registration due to tolls.

On 04/26/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Nicholas Tarvers (36) of Westbrook northbound in Saco.  His ME Driver’s License was found to be suspended. He had active bail conditions and an arrest warrant for failing to appear on a driving while suspended charge as well as a drug charge.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension, Possession of a Suspended License, and Violation of Conditions of Release.  His vehicle was towed away.

On 4/29/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Mark Barrett (56) of Lewiston for speeding and improper lane use on the ME turnpike northbound in South Portland. His passenger, Lisa Parisi-Baribeau (37) of Lewiston, was found to have a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and transported to Cumberland County Jail. Tr. Bourdelais assisted.

On 04/29/2022, Tr. Bourdelais assisted with a traffic stop on the turnpike in Falmouth. Upon further investigation, the operator was identified as Troy Beaulieu. Beaulieu appeared to be under the influence. He was put through field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested.  The vehicle was towed and the operator was taken to a local police department where he was administered an intoxilyzer test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was charged with Operating Under the Influence.

Troop G Weekly Report - 04/04/2022 - 04/10/2022

On 04/04/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Amanda Cook (35) of Sanford on the ME Turnpike southbound at mile 34 in Saco.  Her ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  She was charged with Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  Her vehicle was towed away.

On 04/04/2022, Sgt. Pappas arrested Carlos Lukau for failing to stop and operating without a license following a 15-mile pursuit from Kennebunk to Scarborough.

On 04/04/2022, Sgt. Pappas arrested Christopher Descoteaux for operating after revocation, violation of bail, and a warrant following a traffic stop on I-95 in South Portland.

On 04/05/2022, Tr. Bourdelais investigated a traffic complaint of a Jeep all over the road near exit 63 north on the turnpike in Gray. A Jeep was located on the turnpike near Auburn. The operator was identified as Theron Fidiam. He appeared to be under the influence.  He was put through field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested.  The vehicle was towed and the operator was taken to a local police department where he was administered an intoxilyzer test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was charged with Operating Under the Influence.

On 04/05/2022, Sgt. Pappas arrested Travis Welch for violation of bail and probation hold after finding him in contact with two people he was not supposed to have contact with during a traffic stop on I-95 in Scarborough.

On 04/07/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Matthew Hoke (37) of New York on I-95 in West Gardiner. Hoke was charged with Operating After Revocation.

On 04/07/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Thiwat Thiwat (27) of Portland for speeding on the ME turnpike northbound in Scarborough. He was charged with criminal speed (110/70) and issued an infraction for expired registration.

On 04/07/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Liam Coyne (22) of Biddeford on the ME turnpike southbound in Saco. He was operating with a suspended license and charged accordingly. The vehicle was towed.

On 04/09/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Melissa Zittle (37) of Winslow on I-95 in Portland. Zittle was charged with OAS.

On 04/09/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Hardin NGouabi Okombi (32) of Biddeford on the ME Turnpike southbound at mile 37 in Saco for traveling 110 mph in a posted 70 mph zone.  He was charged with Criminal Speed.

On 04/09/2022, Sgt. Pappas arrested Ishua Long for fugitive from justice after learning that he had an extraditable warrant issued from the State of Georgia.

On 04/09/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Stephanie Doyle (33) of Portland on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland for traveling 100 mph in a posted 60 mph zone.  She was charged with Criminal Speed.

On 04/10/2022, Cpl. Physic assisted Tpr. Burke with an OUI crash on I-295.

Troop G Weekly Report - 03/28/2022 - 04/03/2022

On 03/25/2022, Tr. Keim received a traffic complaint on a vehicle that was northbound from the Wells area passing vehicles at a high rate of speed and operating erratically. Tr. Keim located the vehicle in Saco and clocked the vehicle’s speed at 101 mph in a posted 70 mph.  Tr. Keim stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver: CODY SCOTT (29) of Portland.  SCOTT was charged with criminal speeding, operating with a suspended registration, failing to produce insurance, changing the course of travel when unsafe, failure to signal lane changes, and failing to register a motor vehicle.

On 03/28/2022, Sgt. Pappas summonsed Miguel Macosso for Operating After Suspension.

On 03/28/2022, Cpl. Peckham checked on disabled motorist Jacob Hillman (37) of New Gloucester on I-95 in Falmouth. Hillman was charged with OAS and VCR x4, and the vehicle was towed.

On 03/29/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Miata Priester (32) of Waterbury, CT on the ME Turnpike northbound at mile 64 in Gray.  She did not have a license.  She was charged with Operating Without a License and someone came to the scene to drive the vehicle away.

On 03/31/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Michael Young (37) of Massachusetts for speeding on the ME Turnpike northbound in Saco. His license was found to be suspended. He was charged with operating after suspension. A licensed driver drove the vehicle away.

On 03/31/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Kristie Jones (24) of Lisbon on the ME Turnpike southbound at mile 50 in Portland.  Her ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  She was charged with Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  Her vehicle was towed away.

On 03/31/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Paul Myers (50) of Searsport on I-95 in West Gardiner. Myers was charged with OAS and the vehicle was towed.

On 03/31/2022, Tr. Anstett received a traffic complaint on a TTU north on the Turnpike in Saco operating all over the road.  Tr. Anstett located the TTU on 295 in Falmouth and determined that the truck had crashed into a barrier at Exit 44 and continued on. Tanner Waugh of Tennessee was charged with failure to maintain lane, failure to report a crash, and commercial violation of operating while fatigue or ill.

On 04/01/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Yovany Quinteros (32) of Biddeford for an equipment defect on the ME Turnpike northbound in Biddeford. He was found not to have a license. He was charged with Operating Without a License. A licensed driver drove the vehicle away.

On 04/01/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Nathaniel Barbeau (21) of Augusta for speeding on the ME Turnpike southbound in Scarborough. His license was found to be suspended. He was charged with Operating After Suspension. The vehicle was towed away.

On 04/02/2022, Cpl. Cote investigated a disabled vehicle complaint on the ME Turnpike at the Exit 52 southbound departing ramp in Falmouth.  The operator, Michael Mulligan (37) of Brunswick, was under the influence.  He was put through a battery of field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested.  He was taken to the Brunswick Police Police Department where he was administered an intoxilyzer test.  The results were over the legal limit.  He was charged with Operating Under the Influence.

On 04/02/2022, the Augusta Regional Communication Center received multiple calls about a wrong way driver. The vehicle was southbound in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in the Kennebunk and Wells area. Wells Police Department located the vehicle as it had stopped on the side of the highway. Sgt. Wilkinson responded and subsequently arrested the operator for OUI- Refusal and DTE. The operator was transported and booked into YCJ without incident. Wells PD Sgt. Shaw and Off. Tishim assisted.

On 04/03/2022, the Maine State Police received numerous 911 calls from a man who was traveling southbound on I-95 in the Gray area. The man was identified as AHMED DUALE (27) of Lewiston. DUALE was discovered to have committed an armed robbery in Auburn. Troopers located the vehicle southbound in Scarborough. While awaiting additional units to safely attempt to stop the vehicle DUALE began to speed up to reckless speeds. Troopers activated their lights and attempted to stop DUALE. DUALE refused to stop, weaving in and out of the lanes of travel. Numerous attempts to deploy spike mats were unsuccessful. Troopers continued the pursuit into New Hampshire where the New Hampshire State Police took over the pursuit. Once in New Hampshire DUALE continued to drive recklessly. NHSP requested Maine assist them in preventing DUALE from using the crossovers, which he had used on a few occasions. While attempting to keep DUALE from using a crossover, DUALE hit a Maine State Police cruiser at low speeds. Taking advantage of the contact between the vehicles, a Trooper was safely able to stop DUALE’s vehicle. DUALE was taken into custody without incident.

DUALE is facing numerous charges in Maine to include, Eluding, Aggravated Driving to Endanger, Criminal Speed, Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon as well as armed robbery out to the City of Auburn. DUALE was transported by NHSP to the Rockingham County Jail and will be facing additional charges in New Hampshire.

Maine State Police Troop G was assisted by Troop A, as well as York and Kittery Police Departments.

Troop G Weekly Report - 03/21/2022 - 03/27/2022

On 03/20/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Walter Robinson (53) of Kittery for Criminal Speed. Robinson was traveling southbound on 95 in Wells operating 107 MPH in a posted 70 MPH zone. Robinson was issued a summons for speed and expired registration.

On 03/21/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Craig Waterman (44) of Malden, MA for failing to maintain his travel lane and speed in a construction zone on 95 in Westbrook. Waterman was believed to be impaired and brought to Scarborough for further testing. Waterman was charged with OUI, operating a motor vehicle while consuming alcohol, and speed 15 over in a construction zone.

On 03/23/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Cheryl Tarbox (43) of Lynn, MA on the ME Turnpike at mile 49 southbound in Portland.  She was charged with Criminal Speed for traveling 96 MPH in a posted 60 MPH zone.

On 03/26/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Dan Perez (28) of Yarmouth on the ME Turnpike southbound at mile 59 in Gray.  His ME driver’s license was found to be suspended.  He was charged with Operation after Suspension and his vehicle was towed away.

On 03/26/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped John Staples (51) of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike at mile 46 southbound in Portland for traveling 86 MPH in a posted 50 MPH construction zone.  He was charged with Criminal Speed.

On 03/26/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Celso Cahueg Gomez (24) of Marlborough, MA for speed on 95 in Gray. Gomez did not have a license and was issued a violation for speed and charged with Operating without a license. The truck was turned over to a licensed operator.  

On 03/26/2022, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for operating erratically.  Cpl. Physic ultimately arrested the driver, Stephen Gallant, for OUI. Stephen took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit.  Stephen was charged accordingly.  Sgt. Wilkinson assisted.

On 03/28/2022, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle speeding during the morning commute.  The driver, Joshua Bones, had a suspended driver license status for Accumulation of Convictions out of his home state. He was charged with Operating without a License.

Tractor-Trailer rollover closes ramp for hours

Tractor-Trailer rolloverA tractor-trailer hauling manure overturned on the southbound connecting ramp in Scarborough this morning, closing it for several hours as authorities worked to remove the big-rig.
 
On March 22, 2022, at approximately 10 a.m., a tractor-trailer hauling manure failed to negotiate the southbound ramp. Troopers cited the driver, Brian Raymond, 32, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, with failure to maintain lane and operating a handheld device while driving. 
 
The southbound ramp which connects I-295 with the Maine Turnpike was shut down for several hours while the rig was removed from the roadway. Traffic was re-routed via Portland. 
 
The ramp was re-opened around 1:30 p.m.
 

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State Trooper and Jeep struck by Tractor-Trailer in Kittery

Trooper Flynns CruiserOn March 16, 2022, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Trooper Robert Flynn had his blue emergency lights activated and was stopped near mile marker 1 in the southbound breakdown lane, behind a flatbed truck that was being towed for a mechanical issue. A tractor-trailer being driven by Johnny Rogers, 52, of Canastota, NY, drifted into the breakdown lane and struck Trooper Flynn’s cruiser. The tractor-trailer then veered back into the travel lanes, ending up in the far-left lane, striking and pinning a Jeep Cherokee, against the concrete barrier in the median. The occupants of the Cherokee were a husband and wife and two children. The driver for National Towing was underneath the flatbed truck trying to fix the mechanical issue at the time of the incident and miraculously suffered no injuries.

Fortunately, the Trooper, occupants of the Cherokee and flatbed truck that was stopped, only sustained minor injuries and are being evaluated at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The driver of the flatbed truck had exited the vehicle while the tow truck driver was working on it and was struck by a piece of debris from Trooper Flynn’s cruiser and is also being evaluated for what are believed to be minor injuries.

Rogers is being charged with failure to move over for an emergency vehicle and distracted driving.

Several lanes of travel were shut down to remove vehicles, backing up traffic. Troop K (Commercial Vehicle Unit), Troop G (Turnpike), Kittery Police Department, and Kittery Fire Department all assisted with the incident.
 

Troop G Weekly Report - 02/28/2022 - 03/06/2022

On 02/28/2022, Tr. Bourdelais responded to a pedestrian walking on the Turnpike near Sabattus. Upon further investigation, the individual was identified as ALICIA HOWE (37) who had an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear out of Lewiston District Court. HOWE was transported to Androscoggin County Jail without incident and PR bailed.  

On 03/01/2022, Sgt. Pappas seized 193 grams of fentanyl.  The proper authorities were notified to work the case further.

On 03/01/2022, Cpl. Peckham arrested Ashley N. Carter (34) of Thorndike on I-95 in West Gardiner for OUI Alcohol – Refusal, Violating Conditions of Release x3, Driving to Endanger, and Operating Without License/Restrictions.

On 03/06/2022, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for speeding and erratic operation.  Cpl. Physic ended up arresting the driver, Zakary Thyng, for OUI.  Zakary took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit.

On 03/06/2022, the ARCC received complaints of an erratic operations vehicle northbound on I95 in the area of mile marker 57. The ARCC was later updated that the vehicle was southbound in the northbound lane. Tr. Welch located the vehicle in the area of mm 53 northbound as it continued to operate the wrong way. Tr. Welch was able to make contact and disable the vehicle. The male operator and single occupant, Kyle Johnston (35) of Fryeburg, was transported to the hospital by Portland Rescue for minor injuries. He was charged with OUI – Refusal, DTE, and operating the wrong way on a divided way on the Turnpike. Sgt. Wilkinson, Tr. Davis, Falmouth PD, Portland Fire & EMS, and Portland PD assisted.

On 03/06/2022, Tr. Keim stopped Tony Hooks (21) of New Rochelle, NY for speeding.  Hooks was traveling 104 MPH in a posted 70 MPH zone.

On 03/06/2022, Tr. Keim stopped Doreen Raymond (55) of Lewiston for speeding.  Raymond was traveling 101 MPH in a posted 70 MPH zone. 

Cpl. Physic coached the Lewiston boys’ varsity basketball team and led them to their best record in 10 years.  The team lost in the semi-finals in the state tournament.

 

Troop G Weekly Report - 02/21/2022 - 02/27/2022

On 02/23/2022, Cpl. Cropper stopped Matthew Fox  (18) of Windham for speeding at MM 2 on the Turnpike in Kittery. Fox was driving on a suspended license for points accumulation and was summonsed for speeding and OAS.

On 02/24/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Scott Babineau (32) of Augusta for multiple vehicle defects on I-95 in West Gardiner. Babineau was arrested on four warrants and charged with OAS, no insurance, and no inspection.

On 02/24/2022, Troop G Section One responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash northbound on I-95 in Litchfield. Brandon Currie (35) of Newport lost control of his pickup truck, crashed into the median, struck a motorhome, ejected out the back window and was deceased on scene. Troopers from Troop C and Troop D assisted.

Troop G Weekly Report - 02/14/2022 - 02/20/2022

On 02/14/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Charles Clark (53) of Auburn for expired registration in New Gloucester on I-95. Clark was charged with OAS and the vehicle was towed.

On 2/18/2022, Sgt. Wilkinson and Cpl. Physic responded to a vehicle that was stopped in the middle lane of the Turnpike in Saco. The male operator was uncooperative and fought with the troopers on scene. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital. He was subsequently charged with OUI-refusal, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, and obstructing government administration. This investigation is ongoing. Sgt. Kennedy and Tr. Fleming assisted.

On 02/19/2022, Sgt. Pappas arrested Amgad Mohamed for OUI after he traveled several miles in the wrong direction on the Maine Turnpike.  He eventually parked in the cash lane of the New Gloucester tolls.  He blew over the legal limit. Corporals Physic and Russell assisted.

On 02/20/2022, Sgt. Pappas summonsed Ali Abbas for OAS.

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