On 01/09/2023, Tr. Ellis stopped Fabiola Diaz (23) of Massachusetts for speeding on the ME turnpike southbound in Saco. She was found to have a suspended license. She was charged with operating without a license. A licensed driver drove the vehicle away.
On 01/10/2023, Tr. Ellis stopped Randy Baldonado-Fernandez (23) of Massachusetts for a move over violation on the ME turnpike northbound in Kennebunk. His license was found to be suspended. He was summonsed for failing to move over and charged with operating without a license. His vehicle was towed.
On 01/11/2023, Cpl. Cropper stopped DONTE JOHNSON (27) of New York, NY for speeding while northbound in Wells. JOHNSON was also operating without a license and was summonsed accordingly.
On 01/15/2023, Cpl. Cote took a report of theft from a parked motor vehicle that occurred the day prior between the hours of 1140 and 1200 at the Gray Service Plaza northbound on the ME Turnpike. An iPad was taken while the vehicle occupants were inside the facility. Their vehicle was unlocked. The investigation is on going.
On 01/15/2023, Tr. Ellis responded to a crash on the ME turnpike northbound in Biddeford. The driver was operating a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer which jackknifed and rolled into the median. Tr. Ellis determined that he was operating commercially, and an inspection was conducted. He was found to have numerous violations, including no logbook. He was summonsed, towed, and placed out of service.
On 12/21/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Sergio Bonilla (21) on the Turnpike for speed in the construction zone. Bonilla did not possess a valid US license and was issued a summons for the violations.
On 12/22/2022, Tr. Anstett assisted Kittery PD with a pursuit on the Turnpike in Kittery. Kittery attempted to stop a vehicle for speed and operation. The vehicle took off for 8 miles and pulled over at the York tolls. The operator was taken into custody without further incident and transferred custody to York PD command staff.
On 12/24/2022, Tr. Anstett stopped Thomas Smith (55) for Criminal Speed in a construction on the Turnpike. Smith was issued a summons for the violation.
Tr. Walp and Tr. Wilcox successfully completed their field training and were presented with their new plates.
On 12/05/2022, Cpl. Physic arrested Monica Adams for OUI.
On 12/06/2022, Cpl. Physic responded to a crash southbound on the Turnpike in Kennebunk. Cpl. Physic arrested one of the operators, Richard Thurston, for OUI and a blood test was conducted. Thurston was charged with OUI.
On 12/08/2022, Tr. Walp stopped Jason Costello (44) of Lewiston for a motor vehicle defect. Tr. Walp determined the vehicle had falsely attached plates. The passenger, Grace McConnaughy (30) of Lewiston, was found to have a warrant for her arrest. Tr. Walp charged Costello with false attachment and arrested McConnaughy. She was transported to Androscoggin County Jail and the vehicle was towed. Tr. Ellis (FTO), Tr. Bourdelais, and Cpl. Peckham assisted.
On 12/08/202,2 Cpl. Peckham stopped Steven Rioux (44) of Auburn on I-95 in Lewiston. Rioux was charged with OUI Alcohol, Driving to Endanger & Leaving the Scene of Motor Vehicle Crash. Tr. Ellis & Tr. Walp assisted.
On 12/10/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Kamrin Yates (19) of Farmington on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland for Criminal Speed (89/50 Work Zone). She was charged with Criminal Speed.
On 12/11/2022, Tr. Wilcox stopped Fabio Braz (35) for speeding and a vehicle equipment violation on Storer Street in Kennebunk. He was found to have no license and was summonsed for operating without a license. The vehicle was towed.
On 12/11/2022, the ARCC received multiple reports regarding a vehicle that had crashed and continued to operate erratically. Sgt. Wilkinson located the vehicle southbound on the Turnpike in Saco. After further investigation, Sgt. Wilkinson arrested the male operator and administered an intoxilyzer test at Scarborough PD. The male blew over the legal limit and was charged with OUI. Tr. Wilcox assisted.
On 11/23/2022, Tr. Verhille responded to a motor vehicle crash on the ME turnpike in Litchfield. The operator, David Smith (24) of Lewiston, had an outstanding warrant. Smith was transported to KCJ on the warrant.
On 11/24/2022, Tr. Verhille stopped Katie Mermelstein (40) of Winthrop for speeding 113/70 on the ME turnpike in Scarborough. Upon further investigation, Tr. Verhille could smell the odor of intoxicants and determined Mermelstein was impaired. She was transported to Scarborough PD where an intoxilyzer determined she had a BAC over the legal limit. She was summonsed for criminal speed and operating under the influence.
On 11/25/2022, Tr. Anstett responded to I-95 in Waterville for a multi-vehicle crash with fatality. Preliminary investigation revealed weather and speed were factors. Tr, Anstett conducted a reconstruction and drone scene mapping to expedite reopening the interstate.
On 11/27/2022,Tr. Foley stopped to check on a vehicle that was parked blocking traffic on I-95 at mile marker 86 south. The operator of the vehicle, Earle Shepardson (50), displayed signs of intoxication. At the conclusion of the investigation, Tr. Foley arrested Shepardson for OUI. Shepardson was transported to Lewiston PD where he blew above the legal limit.
On 11/17/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Courtney Brunelle (28) on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland for Criminal Speed (90/50 Work Zone). She was charged with Criminal Speed.
On 11/18/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Jose Alberto Mabricio Vega (24) of Auburn on the ME Turnpike northbound in Auburn for Criminal Speed (107/70). He was charged with Criminal Speed and his vehicle was towed away after it was determined that he did not have a license.
On 11/19/2022, Tr. Wilcox contacted Matthew Mulcahy (25) of New Hampshire on the ME turnpike southbound in Wells. Tr. Wilcox administered standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) and placed him under arrest. He refused to submit to a breath test. He was issued a summons for Operating the Influence of Alcohol. The vehicle was towed. Tr. Ellis (FTO) and Tr. Phillips assisted.
On 11/20/2022, Tr. Phillips was set up around MM 19 looking for a vehicle that had passed Sgt. Casey traveling at over 100 mph southbound from Biddeford. Tr. Phillips located a vehicle matching the description given, southbound at MM 19 traveling at 106 mph. Tr. Phillips positioned himself behind the vehicle and initiated his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle immediately increased its speed and began evading Tr. Phillips, who was able to identify the registration prior to terminating the chase at the NH border. NH SP was notified and was able to locate the vehicle on RT 1 in Portsmouth. The vehicle had pulled into the gas station to fuel up when NH SP surrounded the vehicle, taking three subjects into custody without incident. The driver was summonsed for Eluding an Officer, Operating After Suspension, Criminal Speed, and Driving to Endanger. NH SP also took the subject into custody for OAS and DTE.
On 11/11/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Will Morrison (35) of Old Town on the ME Turnpike northbound in Kennebunk. His ME driver’s license was found to be suspended. He was summonsed for Operating after Suspension and Possession of a Suspended License.
On 11/11/2022, Tr. Wilcox investigated a crash involving two commercial vehicles on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland. The cause was of the crash was determined to be driver fatigue. Tr. Ellis (FTO) conducted a commercial vehicle inspection and placed the operator out of service. He was summonsed and his vehicle was towed. Tr. Phillips assisted.
On 11/13/2022, Sgt. Porter responded to a hit and run crash that occurred on I-95 SB in the area of York. The complainant had video of the vehicle that fled and was able to get the registration as it went through the York tolls. The owner of the fleeing vehicle was from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth PD found the vehicle and it had obvious damage. Investigation is ongoing.
On 11/02/2022, Tr. Wilcox stopped a juvenile operator for an equipment defect on the ME turnpike northbound in Portland. The juvenile was found to not have a valid license. The juvenile’s guardian was contacted and took possession of the vehicle. Tr. Ellis and Portland PD assisted.
On 11/04/2022, Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Nathan Brown (32) of Biddeford on the ME Turnpike southbound in Biddeford for Criminal Speed (110/70). He was charged with Criminal Speed.
On 11/05/2022, Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Kaylee Lavoie (22) of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland for Criminal Speed (93/50 Work Zone). She was charged with Criminal Speed.
On 11/05/2022, Tr. Keim received numerous calls on a vehicle driving aggressively northbound from mile 42 in Scarborough. Reports had this vehicle racing a pickup at one point at speeds greater than 90 mph. Witnesses stated that the vehicle almost hit numerous vehicles and was passing vehicles in the breakdown lane. Tr. Keim waited in Auburn for the vehicle. Within a short time of the last report, Tr. Keim clocked the vehicle coming over the hill at 103 mph in a posted 70 mph speed zone. Tr. Keim stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, Theodore Sage (46) of Grafton, MA, for Operating Under the Influence, Criminal Speed, and Driving to Endanger.
On 11/05/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped John Reeb (40) of Ohio for a registration violation on the ME turnpike southbound in Biddeford. He was found to have a suspended license and an open container of alcohol. He was charged with Operating Without a License and summonsed for the open container. The vehicle was towed.
On 10/25/2022, Tr. Foley, Tr. Williams, and Tr. Welch responded to a traffic complaint/crash on I-95 at the southbound 32 off ramp. Tr. Foley arrested the operator, Kyle Hartford (23), for OUI, OAS, Driving to Endanger, and unlawful possession of hydrocodone.
On 10/28/2022, Cpl. Physic pulled over a vehicle for aggressive driving. The subject was summonsed for following too closely and OAS.
On 10/29/2022, Cpl. Cropper stopped ALBERTO JOAQUIM NAFOIA (28) of Lewiston for speeding 110/70 while northbound in Scarborough. NAFOIA was summonsed for criminal speed.
On 10/17/2022, Cpl. Peckham stopped Austin Simmons (24) of NH for speeding on I-95 in Portland. Simmons initially provided a false name and was arrested on four warrants.
On 10/18/2022, Tr. Anstett responded to a traffic complaint resulting in a hit-and-run on I95 in Cumberland. Investigation revealed that Finahi Arrieta (18) was operating in the left lane below the posted speed limit causing a traffic back up and possible road rage incident. A pickup cut off Arrieta, clipping her front bumper. Arrieta was charged with operating without a license, failure to keep right, and no insurance. Charges are pending for the fleeing truck.
On 10/19/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Omri Dekel (24) of Israel for criminal speeding 101/70 northbound on the ME turnpike in Kennebunk. He was summonsed for the speed.
On 10/19/2022, Tr. Ellis stopped Nicholas Kelley (20) of Canada for criminal speeding 104/70 northbound on the ME turnpike in Arundel. He was summonsed for the speed.
On 10/22/2022, Cpl. Cote stopped Beth Perfect (36) of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike southbound in Scarborough. Her ME driver’s license was found to be suspended (x7). She was charged with Operating after Suspension and her vehicle was towed away.
On 10/23/2022, Tr. Phillips was conducting traffic enforcement on I95 in the Wells area. While monitoring traffic, Tr. Phillips had a vehicle pass him traveling at 114 mph in a 70-mph zone. Tr. Phillips positioned himself behind the vehicle traveling SB when the vehicle increased its speeds to 130 mph. Tr. Phillips conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle without issue. The driver was summonsed for criminal speed.
On 10/24/2022, Tr. Phillips was conducting traffic enforcement on I95 in the Kennebunk area. While monitoring traffic, Tr. Phillips had a vehicle pass him in the crossover traveling at 104 mph. Tr. Phillips positioned himself behind the vehicle traveling NB when the vehicle increased its speeds to 120 mph. Tr. Phillips stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver and only occupant. The driver has been suspended since 2005 for OUI. In the vehicle was an open container and the driver was clearly under the influence. The driver refused to conduct any tests. The driver was taken into custody and summonsed for OUI-Alcohol, Driving to Endanger, Operating After Suspension, and Criminal Speed.
On 10/13/2022, Tr. Lemieux and Sgt. Porter responded to MM 50 SB for a report of a male hitchhiking/walking on the side of the Turnpike. The male stated he was trying to get to the bus station and walked off the Turnpike after being given a verbal criminal trespass warning.
On 10/14/2022, Tr. Walp arrested Maxwell Main (22) of West Hartford, CT at mile marker 57 northbound on I-95. Tr. Walp responded to a two-vehicle crash. Main was suspected of driving under the influence. Main was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland where he was charged with Operating Under the Influence - Alcohol, Refusing to Submit to Arrest or Detention, and Driving to Endanger. Cpl. Sucy and Cpl. Cropper assisted.
On 10/15/2022, Cpl. Cropper attended the Slow Down, Move Over awareness event at the 25 NB plaza in Kennebunk. This event was being held by the Towing & Recovery Association of Maine. Other events were held in MA and NH along I-95. Events in Maine were in Kennebunk, West Gardiner, and Bangor.
On 10/15/2022, Cpl. Physic arrested Josue Martinez Sosa for Criminal Threatening. Sgt. Pappas assisted.
On 10/16/2022, Tr. Foley stopped Abdikadir Abdulle (26) on I-95 on York for speeding in a construction zone. Abdulle displayed signs of intoxication for marijuana. Abdulle was arrested for operating under the influence and transported to Wells Police Department for a DRE screening. Abdulle was issued a summons for OUI.