Maine State Police

Troop J Weekly Report (10-14-21 to 10-24-21)


# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Cephedos G. McCabe (24) of Whiting for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle>150 days after a traffic stop for speed on the Charlotte Road in Calais.


Corporal Jeff Taylor and Sergeant Jeff Ingemi responded to Whiting for a serious injury crash that a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy came across on the Halls Mills Road.  A pick-up truck driven by Braden Pottle (20) of Lubec, crashed into a tree.  Braden suffered serious injuries along with his three passengers.  Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and charges are pending.  None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.  Washington Sheriff Office, Machias Ambulance, Life Flight and Whiting Fire Department assisted.


Trooper Owen Reed arrested Nicholas Jennings (23) of Castine, for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol after a traffic stop in Castine. 

New Gloucester Crash

red Volkswagen crashedNew Gloucester woman was injured after losing control of her car and hitting a tree.

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 at approximately 2:22 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a single vehicle crash in New Gloucester.

50 year old Tasha Dostie of New Gloucester was traveling northeast on Snow Hill Rd when her 2002 Volkswagen Beetle left the road. Dotsie overcorrected, went into a sideways spin and struck a tree. New Gloucester Fire had to use the jaws of life to extricate Dostie from car. During that time the road was shut down. It re-opened about 15 minutes later. Dostie was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 
The investigation showed speed was a factor in the crash.

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. 

Waterville Crash

Waterville Crash with vehicles in flames.On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10/19/21 at approximately 8 p.m. a Maine State Police Trooper came upon a crash near mile marker 129 northbound on I-95 in Waterville. A 2006 Chevy Pickup being driven by 25-year-old Jace Tillson of Clinton was driving too fast when he attempted to go out around a 2015 Mercedes SUV being driven by 65-year-old Kemily Benes of Embden. Tillson attempted to pass Benes in the breakdown lane but struck Benes in the passenger side. Tillson then lost control of his pickup truck. It rolled over into the breakdown lane just before the Messalonskee Stream Bridge and caught fire. The interstate was shut down for approximately 1 ½ hours while emergency crews worked to put out the fire and remove both vehicles. 
There were no injuries.

Castine Crash

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at approximately 3pm 21-year-old Adam Reed was traveling north on Castine Road when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle, A 2020 Ford Mustang, skidded off the road rolled over and struck a tree. Reed was transported by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries.

Whiting Crash

On October 18, 2021, around midnight, a vehicle driven by Braden Pottle (20) of Lubec crashed head-on into a tree on the Halls Mills Road in Whiting. Others in the vehicle were Kaylin Pitty (16) of Roque Bluffs, Michael Locke (28) of Machias, and Mackenzie Preston (18). Pottle and Pitty were sitting in the front and were both transported to EMMC for life-threatening injuries, however the last known report was that they were in stable condition. 

During the course of the incident, a Life Flight Helicopter rotor was struck by an ambulance, and was placed out of service for a certain time. 

Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Machias Ambulance, and Whiting Fire Department assisted.   

Troop J Weekly Report (10-11-21 to 10-17-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Corporal Gavin Endre stopped Russell Boynton (61) of Lamoine. Russell was summonsed for Operating After Suspension as well as other motor vehicle violations.


Trooper Kim Sawyer received a complaint of theft.  Packages that had been delivered in Alexander have been stolen. Investigation continues.


Trooper Kim Sawyer received a complaint of a truck hauling single wide trailer and forcing vehicles off the road. Incident occurred by Ayers Junction Road in Charlotte. Thomas Farnham (25) of Baring Plantation was summoned for Attaching False Plates and Operating After Suspension.


Trooper Jarid Leonard responded to Hancock to investigate a rollover crash. Devin Beach (24) of New Brunswick was operating a fully loaded tractor trailer truck. Devin made a sharp turn that resulted in his trailer going into the ditch and ultimately rolling over. No one was injured in the crash. Hancock County Volunteer Fire Department, Maine DOT, and Dave’s Towing assisted.


Corporal Gavin Endre located a vehicle on the lawn of a residence in Lamoine. The operator Amber Wiggins (21) of Orland was arrested for Operating Under the Influence.


Corporal Gavin Endre responded to a two-vehicle crash in Gouldsboro. Veronica Gomm, (36) of Verona Island, the operator of one of the vehicles crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle. Only minor injuries occurred. Dave’s Towing removed both vehicles. 



Troop J Weekly Report (10-04-21 to 10-10-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Corporal Blaine Silk responded to a fatal single motor vehicle accident at 5244 Stud Mill Road, T34 MD BPP.  Deceased at the scene, Hunter Davies (21) Orrington. Excessive speed a major contributor to the accident. A passenger in the Ford Ranger pickup was uninjured. Sergeant Daniel Ryan, Trooper Einar Mattson, Trooper David Olmstead and Game Warden Allan Curtis, Forest Ranger Nicholas Bolduc and the Aurora and Old Town Fire Departments assisted.

Corporal Blaine Silk cited Shaylee Overlock of Bangor for Possession of a Scheduled Drug. Sergeant Daniel Ryan assisted.

Troop J Weekly Report (09-27-21 to 10-03-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 2


Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Julie Johnson (56) of Machias for leaving the scene after she hit a parked car in front of the Cigarette Shopper in Machias and left.


Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a theft complaint in Lamoine where a white trailer was reported stolen in the past week.  Investigation continues.


Trooper Jarid Leonard arrested Cody Colbeth (28) of Machiasport for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.



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.

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