Troop G

Troop G Weekly Report - 07/26/2021 - 08/01/2021

On 07/26/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Ronald Pierson (51) of Westbrook on Main Street in Gray.  He was found to have an active Warrant out of Cumberland County for failing to appear in court on several motor vehicle charges.  He was arrested and taken to the Cumblerland County Jail.

On 07/27/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped Casey Gervais (20) of Canton, MA for criminal speed in Wells. Gervais was summonsed for 108/70.

On 07/29/2021, Tr. Reaser observed erratic operation of a vehicle in a construction zone SB near MM 32 and began pursuit. Cpl. Physic and Tr. Bourdelais were in the immediate area and joined the pursuit shortly after. The pursuit lasted several miles and ended in the Kennebunk service plaza. A high-risk stop was performed, and the operator later identified as Alexis Acosta (33) of California was placed under arrest for refusing to stop for law enforcement. Upon further investigation, it was determined Acosta was under the influence of alcohol as a result of intoxilyzer testing and charged accordingly. 

On 07/29/2021, Cpl. Physic was in the town of Biddeford heading to I-95 when he saw a vehicle driving consistently in the wrong lane.  Cpl. Physic made contact with the driver, Linda Laverriere (62), who was ultimately arrested for OUI.  Linda took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit. Linda was charged with OUI.

On 07/31/2021, Sgt. Wilkinson, Tr. Welch, and Tr. Davis received 2 complaints on an erratic operation that was northbound on the Turnpike. The vehicle stopped at the Gray Service Plaza. Contact was made with the male operator who was subsequently put through SFSTs and arrested for OUI. Blood was drawn and results are pending. 

On 08/01/2021, Tr. Darcy stopped a vehicle traveling 103 MPH southbound on the Turnpike in Wells. The 21-year-old female was issued a VSAC for the speed.

Troop G Weekly Report - 07/19/2021 - 07/25/2021

On 07/19/2021, Tr. Ellis arrested Andrew Gagne (30) of Biddeford on a Warrant on the ME Turnpike southbound in Scarborough resulting from a traffic stop.  Gagne was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

On 7/19/2021, Sgt. Duda stopped a vehicle southbound near mile 46 after clocking it traveling 89 MPH in a posted 60 MPH speed zone. The vehicle quickly pulled over and a male operator and female passenger swapped places. It was ultimately determined that the operator, Brandon Kirkland (22) of Auburn was suspended. Kirkland was also charged with violating conditions of release and attaching false plates. He was transported to the Cumberland County Jail.

On 07/20/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Samantha Bartlett (22) of Turner on Route 4 in Turner.  Her registration was found to have expired 15 months ago.  She was charged with Failure to Register Motor Vehicle and her vehicle was towed away.

On 07/20/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Brett Catruch (34) of Oxford on Minot Avenue in Auburn.  His license was found to be Suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  His vehicle was towed away.

On 07/22/2021, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for erratic operation next to Exit 19 tolls. Cpl. Physic searched the vehicle and found fentanyl that belonged to the driver, Rebecca Solesky.  Rebecca was summonsed for Operating without a License and Unlawful Possession of Schedule Drugs. Tr. Bourdelais and Wells Police Department assisted.

On 07/23/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Robin Gibson (53) of Portland with OAS as the result of a traffic stop on Western Ave. in South Portland.

On 07/23/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Michael Schwartz (41) of South Portland with Operating without a License as the result of a traffic stop on Western Ave. in South Portland.

On 07/24/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Anthony Rosario (39) of Gorham on the ME Turnpike Spur eastbound in Falmouth.  His license was found to be Revoked and he was listed as a Habitual Offender.  He was charged with Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation and his vehicle was towed away.

On 07/25/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Anne Ponsor (38) of Portland on the ME Turnpike northbound in Saco.  Her license was found to be Suspended and her registration expired 13 months prior.  She was charged with Operating after Suspension and Failure to Register Motor Vehicle.  Her vehicle was towed away.

On 07/25/2021, Tr. Darcy stopped a vehicle traveling 105 MPH northbound on the turnpike in Wells. As a result, the driver, Andy Joseph (37) of Malden, MA was arrested on a fully extraditable warrant out of Rhode Island for Felony Domestic Violence Assault. Joseph was booked on a Fugitive from Justice charge and issued a VSAC for speed. Tr. Fenderson assisted.

Troop G Weekly Report 07/2/2021 - 07/18/2021

On 07/12/2021, Tr. Darcy and Cpl. Cote responded to multiple reports of vehicles striking debris in the roadway southbound on the turnpike in Kittery. In total there were 5 reportable crashes from the tire debris that came off a tractor trailer. The scene was cleared up in about an hour and no one was injured.

On 07/13/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Rana Al Rammahi (30) of Biddeford on the ME Turnpike northbound in Kennebunk.  Her 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 07/13/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Ruslan Mace (29) of NC on the ME Turnpike northbound in Saco.  His license was found to be Suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and his vehicle was towed away.

On 07/13/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Marcus McGraw (35) of Windham on the ME Turnpike northbound in Scarborough.  His license was found to be Suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and his vehicle was towed away.

On 07/13/2021, Sgt. Duda clocked a vehicle traveling 110 MPH in a posted 70 MPH speed zone northbound in Scarborough. The operator, Jonathan Lessard (23) of Waterboro was charged with exceeding the speed limit by 30 MPH or more.

On 07/13/2021, Sgt. Duda clocked a vehicle traveling 85 MPH in a posted 50 MPH construction zone northbound in Portland. The operator, Alex Elejalde (57) of Biddeford was charged with exceeding the speed limit by 30 MPH or more.

On 07/15/2021, Sgt. Duda investigated a report of an erratic operator northbound near mile marker 68. The male operator, Stephen Kfoury (32) of Lewiston was arrested for operating under the influence. Kfoury refused a test and was charged with operating under the influence.

On 07/15/2021, Tr. Loder received an erratic driver complaint that was NB from MM 29 on I-95. There were numerous calls on the MV and reports it had side swiped another MV as well as striking guardrails. The MV was a Volvo with a male operator. Tr. Loder set up at MM 42 waiting for the vehicle and saw it strike a construction barrel. The Volvo wouldn’t stop and was traveling at low speeds, around 25 MPH. Tr. Loder utilized a PIT maneuver but the operator attempted to drive off again. Another PIT was used and the Volvo was stopped. It was determined that the operator was having a diabetic emergency. Rescue responded and transported him to MMC. Sgt. Burton and Tr. MacKinnon assisted in the incident.

On 07/16/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Andrew Chute (39) of Ocean Park on the ME Turnpike northbound in Falmouth.  Both his license and registration were found to be Suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Supension.  His vehicle was towed away.

On 07/16/2021, Tr. Bourdelais and his FTO Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for speeding.  Tr. Bourdelais learned the driver was suspended and summonsed the driver for OAS.

On 07/16/2021, Cpl. Cote investigated a tractor trailer crash at mile 37 southbound in Saco.  The unit jacknifed during a rainstorm upon slowing in traffic.  One lane of traffic was closed for approximately an hour while a tow company righted the unit so it could be driven away.

On 07/17/2021, Sgt. Wilkinson stopped a vehicle for erratic operation southbound in Scarborough on the Turnpike. After further investigation the operator was put through field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested for OUI. The operator was over the legal limit.

On 07/17/2021, at approximately 2315, hours the Augusta RCC received several complaints of a silver pickup truck operating very erratically on the Maine Turnpike in York. Specialist Seth Allen located the vehicle in the area of MM 7 in York. Spc. Allen attempted to stop the vehicle for the poor operation; however, it exited in York.  Spc. Allen pursued the vehicle north on Rt 1 until it was spiked by Wells/Ogunquit PDs at the Ogunquit town line. The chase lasted approximately 7 minutes.  Michael Brazil (33) was arrested and charged with OUI-Refusal, Eluding, Passing a Roadblock, Reckless Conduct, and Criminal Speed. York PD also assisted with the chase.

On 07/18/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Calixte Fleury (37) of Malden, MA on the ME Turnpike southbound in Saco.  His license was found to be Suspended.  He was summonsed for Operating after Suspension and his vehicle was towed away. 

On 07/18/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped a vehicle northbound in Kennebunk for speeding. The operator, Christopher S. Boucher Jr. (26) of Biddeford was suspended and on conditions of release. Boucher was summonsed for speed, OAS, and VCR.

A North Berwick woman crashes on the Turnpike after falling asleep at the wheel

Rollover crash in BiddefordFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, July 19, 2021, at approximately 7:13 a.m. a car traveling southbound on the Turnpike struck the median guardrail just south of the Old Alfred Rd. overpass in Biddeford. 

The 2017 Mazda SUV then crossed all three lanes of traffic before going off the roadway and into the woods. The car continued to roll over multiple times before landing on its roof. 

The driver, 29-year-old Lindsey Fortin of North Berwick, was trapped inside the vehicle. 

Cpl. Doug Cropper of Troop G was the first Trooper on scene and was able to break the driver’s side window, cut through the airbag curtain and extricate Fortin from the car after she was able to remove her seatbelt.
Fortin was transported to Maine Medical in Portland by Biddeford Rescue with non-life-threatening injuries. 
The Biddeford Police Department also assisted at the scene.
 

Troop G Weekly Report 07/05/2021 - 07/11/2021

On 07/06/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Thanh Kieu (26) of South Portland with OAS as the result of a traffic stop southbound on the turnpike in Wells.

On 07/06/2021, Tr. Darcy had two separate traffic stops with drivers traveling 98 MPH on the turnpike in Wells. They were both issued VSACs for speed.  

On 07/06/2021, Sgt. Duda clocked a vehicle traveling 100 MPH northbound near mile marker 63. The vehicle was stopped in the Gray service plaza and the male operator, Samuel Robinson (41) of Lewiston, first provided a false name. After determining his correct identity, it was found that Robinson had an active warrant for a probation violation and a suspended driver’s license. Robinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland County Jail where he was charged accordingly.

On 07/08/2021, Tr. MacKinnon stopped a vehicle in York for operating 87 MPH in a posted 70 MPH zone and the driver was watching a movie on his phone. The driver, William Rando (52) of Bangor, had conditions of release to not be with his female passenger. Rando was arrested for VCR and transported to the York County Jail.

On 07/09/2021, Troop G covered numerous crashes due to heavy rain in a short period of time.

On 07/10/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Garane Saban (26) of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike southbound in Gray.  His ME license was found to be suspended.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  A licensed passenger drove the vehicle away.

On 07/11/2021, Tr. Keim stopped Ryan Hughes (33) of Augusta in Sabattus for traveling 113 MPH in a posted 70 MPH zone. He was summonsed accordingly.

Troop G Weekly Report 06/28/2021 - 07/04/2021

On 06/28/2021, Tr. Vanadestine received a call of a horse walking on the turnpike at MM 86.  The horse was holding up traffic as it was crossing lanes.  It took several hours to secure the horse onto a trailer and locate the owner.  Sgt. Duda assisted and used a K9 leash to secure the horse.  The trailer belonged to a turnpike maintenance employee.  Horse was returned to owner without incident several hours later.

On 06/29/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped a female driver from South Portland on the ME Turnpike southbound in Scarborough.  Her registration was found to have expired in April 2020 and was listed as Inactive.  She was not charged with a crime but the vehicle was towed.

On 06/30/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Thomas Krupa (25) of Brewer with OAS as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Wells.

On 07/01/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped a male driver from Windham on the ME Turnpike northbound in Kennebunk.  His registration was found to be Suspended for Tolls.  He was not charged and will be following up with the MTA rectify the problem.  The vehicle was towed.

On 07/02/2021, Cpl. Cropper stopped a vehicle speeding southbound in Scarborough. Jacob D. Durgin (32) of Strafford, NH was summonsed for operating without a license and VCR.

Cpl. Cropper stopped a vehicle northbound in Saco for speeding while working a distracted driver detail. Kara Cabana (29) of Sanford was summonsed for OAS.

Cpl. Cropper stopped a vehicle for speeding in a temporary construction zone at Exit 25 northbound in Kennebunk. Daryl K. Hill (66) of Valparaiso, IN was summonsed for operating without a license.

NH Woman Faces Multiple Charges after Chase

Crash scene vehicles being cleared off interstateFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

A New Hampshire woman operating stolen vehicle is facing multiple charges after leading Maine State Police on a high speed chase.

On Monday, July 5, 2021, at approximately 11:18 am a Maine State Trooper observed a vehicle speeding on the Turnpike in the northbound lane at mile marker 40 in Scarborough. The driver of the red Chevy Silverado work truck, stolen out of New Hampshire, refused to stop and continued at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic including in the breakdown lane. The Trooper initiated a chase but quickly terminated it at mile marker 42 due to construction and traffic congestion in the area. Another Trooper picked up the chase at mile marker 52, eastbound on the Falmouth Spur where there was a lot less traffic. Before State Police could deploy spike mats the driver of the stolen truck entered a crossover to the westbound lanes and struck a black Honda CRV from Massachusetts head-on. The three adults in that vehicle were transported to Maine Medical Center. One of the adults has serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  The westbound lanes of the spur were shut down but have since re-opened.

The male passenger of the stolen truck was transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries, he is not being identified. The female driver, 33-year-old Mary Jo Hefferon of Farmington, New Hampshire was brought to Maine Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Hefferon was charged with eluding, violation of conditions of release, operating without a license, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, and receiving stolen property.

If anyone witnessed the red Chevy Silverado with two orange work lights and NH license plates driving erratically in Scarborough, Portland, or Falmouth please call Maine State Police at 207.624.7076 x9.
 

Troop G Weekly Report 06/21/2021 - 06/27/2021

On 06/22/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Robert Adams (46) of Westbrook with Operating after Revocation as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Wells.

On 06/23/2021, Tr. Loder arrested Brian W. Zeiner (49) of Rangeley for OUI-Liquor. Zeiner submitted to a breath test at Biddeford PD and the results show he was over the legal limit.

On 06/23/2021, Tr. Loder stopped a black Jeep with a Tennessee registration for speeding and cited the operator, Bruce Lee McKenzie (32) of Portland, for traveling 90 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.  McKenzie was also charged with Operating without a Valid License after BMV checks confirmed he has never had a driver’s license.

On 06/25/2021, Cpl. Cote stopped Christopher Seidel (35) of York on I-95 NB in Ogunquit.  His license was found to be suspended (5 active suspensions).  He was summonsed for Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.  His vehicle was towed.

On 06/25/2021, at approximately 1730 hours, Sgt. Duda conducted a traffic stop northbound near mile marker 48. It was determined that the operator, Joshua Frey (46) of Gray, had been consuming alcoholic beverages. Frey was subsequently arrested for operating under the influence and transported to the Westbrook Police Department for a breath test. Frey blew over the legal limit. He was charged with operating under the influence.

On 06/27/2021, Tr. Darcy assisted Kennebunk PD and Wells PD in searching for a subject who fled from Wells PD and then fled on foot in Kennebunk after spikes were deployed. The subject was not located during the initial search but was later arrested at Cumberland Farms in Kennebunk.

On 06/27/2021, at approximately 0350 hours, Tr. LiBritz received a report of a wrong way driver in Cumberland. There were numerous calls of a vehicle operating southbound in the northbound lane from mile 58.  Tr. LiBritz was able to make contact with the vehicle at mile 45 southbound. With her lights activated and using her spotlight and horn she was able gain the driver’s attention, and the operator pulled over in the construction area in the center median at mile 45.  Tr. LiBritz scaled the two construction barriers and made contact with the female on the other side of the highway. Upon further investigation it was determined the female operator, Megan Buotte (35), was operating under the influence. Buotte was arrested and summonsed for operating under the influence and operating the wrong way on a divided highway. Sgt. Duda, Tr. Darcy, and Tr. Davis assisted, as well as Scarborough Police Department.

On 06/27/2021, Sgt. Porter stopped a pedestrian walking between the mainline and exit 44 SB on ramp. The male stated he was trying to get back to NC. There had been complaints earlier in the day about a pedestrian crossing the Pike at exit 48. The male was given a criminal trespass warning to the Turnpike. SPPD arrived to assist and offered to give him a ride off the Pike to exit 42.

Troop G Weekly Report 06/14/2021 - 06/20/2021

On 06/13/2021, Sgt. Pappas and Cpl. Cloutier arrested Jillian Tully for OUI.  She blew over the legal limit.

On 06/14/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Cheryl Simon (45) of Mars Hill with Operating after Suspension as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Kennebunk.

On 06/17/2021, Augusta RCC had several complaints about a box truck traveling on I-95 SB from MM 70.  SFM Gardner attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued until MM 53 where the box truck finally pulled over. Cpl. Cloutier arrived on scene and it was determined the operator/owner, Harry Hicks of TX, was in possession of alcohol and marijuana in violation of Commercial MV regulations. Tr. Rob Flynn of CMV responded and issued Hicks a summons for the misdemeanor offense of Possessing Drugs while On-Duty Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle. A PBT was conducted which showed .00% BAC.  Tr. Flynn placed Hicks out of service for at least 24 hours. Copp Motors towed the box truck. Tr. Loder, Sgt. Porter, Sgt. Bergquist, and Lt. Baker also assisted on the stop.

On 06/19/2021, Sgt. Wilkinson and Tr. Loder responded to MM 24 northbound on the Turnpike where several complaints were taken that a male was assaulting a female. Once on scene and after further investigation, the male was arrested for DV Assault by Tr. Loder and the female was transported to Southern Maine Health Care for further evaluation. Sgt. Shaw from Wells PD also assisted on scene.

On 06/19/2021, Cpl. Cote arrested Michael McMahon (27) of Mexico, ME, off of the Weymouth Road in Gray.  He had been stopped on the ME Turnpike northbound in Gray and fled on foot into the nearby woods.  He had an active warrant out of York County for Violation of Bail on a Robbery charge, his license was suspended, he had two active Conditions of Bail, and was on Probation.  Several agencies were involved, including Troopers from Troops G, B, D, and the Traffic Division (drone); the Maine Warden Service; and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.  McMahon surrendered to a Warden Unit after he had been spotted.  He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and charged with multiple crimes. 

On 06/19/2021, Cpl. Physic was called to MM 2 to assist Portsmouth Police Department who had chased a vehicle into Maine.  Cpl. Physic ended up arresting Noah Crawford for OUI after he took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit.  Portsmouth PD will have additional charges for Noah.

On 06/19/2021, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for erratic operation at MM 25. Cpl. Physic ultimately put the driver, Kathleen McDonnell from New Hampshire, through SFSTs.  Cpl. Physic arrested Kathleen for OUI who later refused to take the intoxilyzer test.  At the time of the traffic stop, Kathleen had her two kids in the vehicle with her.  Kathleen was charged with OUI and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On 06/19/2021, Cpl. Physic summonsed Abdulrahim Albasha for Operating without a License.

On 06/20/2021, Sgt. Duda stopped Appolinair Karara (59) of Lewiston after receiving a traffic complaint on him. He was summonsed for operating after suspension.

On 06/20/2021, Sgt. Duda stopped Jeffrey Osayande (21) of Massachusetts for speeding 100 MPH southbound in Kennebunk. He was summonsed for speed.

On 06/20/2021, at approximately 0545 hours, Sgt. Duda was monitoring northbound traffic near mile marker 32 in Biddeford. A white Nissan sedan bearing Massachusetts registration passed by at 97 MPH. As Sgt. Duda pulled out of the crossover, the vehicle sped up to 107 MPH and was operating erratically. When Sgt. Duda caught up with the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle failed to stop. Sgt. Duda activated his lights and siren and the vehicle continued at speeds around 100 MPH for approximately 1.5 miles before it came to a slow stop near mile marker 36 northbound. The female operator, Hailey Arrigal (26) of Quincy, Massachusetts was placed under arrest. It was also determined that Arrigal was intoxicated. She was transported to the Saco Police Department for a breath test, which she refused to take. She was charged with operating under the influence and eluding an officer.

On 06/20/2021, Tr. Kristy LiBritz assisted with the Cop on Top event in Bridgton where the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

Troop G Weekly Report 06/07/2021 - 06/13/2021

On 06/09/2021, at approximately 1800 hours, Troopers Worcester and MacKinnon located Jeffrey Lavery (34) of NH breaking into a vehicle repair business and a truck on Litchfield Road in Wells.  Lavery was the suspect in the theft of a car from a residence in Old Orchard Beach.  Lavery fled the scene on the Maine Turnpike when he got a flat tire in the stolen car close to the Littlefield Road overpass.  Wells PD is handling the criminal mischief and OOB PD is handling the vehicle theft and robbery investigations.  Lavery was turned over to Wells PD after being summonsed for Driving to Endanger as a result of complaints from a Turnpike employee and several motorists.

On 06/10/2021, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for speeding and erratic operation.  Cpl. Physic made contact with the driver, Erik Lund.  Lund admitted he had been drinking and Cpl. Physic put him through SFSTs.  Lund took an intoxilyzer test in which he blew over the legal limit.  Lund was charged with OUI and VCR.

On 06/11/2021, Cpl. Physic assisted Troop A with their chase.

On 06/11/2021, Tr. Darcy charged Travis Mickelonis (44) of NH with Operating without a License as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Saco. 

On 06/12/2021, Cpl. Physic received a call that a driver had hit a curb at the Exit 48 tolls and was now stationary.  Cpl. Physic and Sgt. Duda made contact with the subject, Samuel Yendego.  Cpl. Physic conducted an OUI investigation and ultimately arrested Yendego for OUI.  Yendego took an intoxilyzer test and blew over the legal limit.  Yendego was charged with OUI.

On 06/13/2021, Sgt. Duda came across a verbal dispute near the Saco toll between an intoxicated male and a female. No assaults had taken place; however, the male was reported to have a prior brain injury and had been consuming large quantities of alcohol. He was ultimately transported to SMCC for an evaluation.

On 06/13/2021, Sgt. Duda and Tr. Darcy were standing outside their vehicles clearing a prior call on the Saco spur. A vehicle traveling westbound came through the toll plaza at a high rate of speed and nearly lost control trying to brake and navigate through a toll stall. Sgt. Duda stopped the vehicle as it was entering I-95 northbound and subsequently arrested the female operator, Julie Drouin (35), for operating under the influence. Drouin was taken to Saco PD for a breath test where she blew over the legal limit.

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