On 4-12-19 Tpr. Kelley responded to several calls of erratic operation on a white sedan traveling north on the turnpike. Tpr. Kelley stopped the vehicle in West Gardiner. The female operator, Caitlin Morgan (35) of Lewiston claimed a medical issue and she was transported to the hospital. A medical event was ruled out and a DRE responded. Morgan later admitted to using Fentanyl before driving and was charged with OUI drugs.
On 04-14-19 Tpr. Cook responded to a crash on I 95 southbound in Cumberland. The vehicle, operated by Caitlin Morgan, was reported as operating erratically, struck the guardrail at 58 south and fled the scene. The vehicle later struck a pole on Washington Street in Portland and Morgan was arrested for OUI drugs by Portland Police Department.
On 04-08-19 at 0734 hours, Tpr. Reaser received a complaint from Augusta RCC of a three-car accident, on the turnpike at mile 34 northbound. A tractor trailer unit was traveling southbound when it was struck by a maroon Saturn. The collision caused the TT unit to jack knife and lose control. The TT unit struck and went over the median guardrail and proceeded southbound into the northbound lanes during commuter traffic. The TT unit crossed all northbound lanes and struck a green Hyundai that was traveling NB. Both the TT unit and the Hyundai came to final rest in the ditch, with the TT unit blocking two of the three northbound travel lanes. The maroon Saturn that caused the crash fled the scene. Tpr. Reaser later located the Saturn abandoned, with the registration plates removed, in a driveway on Rt. 111 in Biddeford. Through further investigation, Tpr. Reaser was able to track down, obtain a confession, and summons the operator of the Saturn, Nathaniel Manchester (29) of Norway Maine. Manchester was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and OAS. He will be arraigned in Biddeford District Court on 6/5/19. Tpr. Reaser was assisted at the scene and during the investigation by Sgt. Bergquist (Troop K), Tpr. Gonneville (Troop K), Tpr. Pusey (Troop A), Tpr. Keller, Cpl. Cote, and Sgt. Burton
Tpr. Keim stopped Taylor Tarraza (32) of Westbrook for traveling 65mph in a posted 50mph construction zone. As she passed by Tpr. Keim Tarraza was on her cell phone. Tarraza was summonsed for speeding and distracted driving.
Tr. Keim stopped Carolyn Salvi of Northbridge, Mass for traveling 80mph in a posted 70mph zone. As Salvi passed Tr. Keim she was talking on the telephone. Salvi was summonsed for speeding and distracted driving.
Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Jared Girardin (27) of Auburn, on Lisbon Street in Lewiston by the entrance to the turnpike. He was under the influence of intoxicants and put through a battery of field sobriety tests. He was found to be impaired and arrested. Also arrested was his passenger, Brianna Lueck (25) of Sumner, when she refused to allow a search incident to arrest of their vehicle. Lueck was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail by a Lewiston Police Officer. Cpl. Cote transported Girardin there. Once at the jail, he was administered an Intoxilyzer test. The results were over the legal limit. Girardin was charged with Operating Under the Influence (Class D) and Lueck was charged with Obstructing Government Administration (Class D).
On 04-11-19 Tpr. Physic attended the Special Olympics swim meet at Bates College where he handed out metals to participants.