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Mars Hill Crash

Mars Hill CrashMARS HILL, Maine – A Fort Fairfield man is facing charges after crashing his vehicle in Mars Hill over the holiday weekend.

On July 4, 2020, at approximately 10:53 p.m., the Houlton Regional Communication Center received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  At approximately 11 p.m. Houlton RCC received a report via 911 of a single vehicle crash on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  

Tpr. Steve Mahon responded and determined that Grayden Griffeth, 18, of Fort Fairfield, was traveling south on Route 1A in his 2008 Chevy Avalanche when he lost control and struck the guardrail.  Griffeth left the roadway and went down a steep embankment rolling the vehicle onto its side.  He was wearing his seatbelt and his airbags deployed but he still suffered minor injuries in the crash.  

Griffeth refused medical treatment.  Speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash and as a result Griffeth was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.    

Sanford Woman Facing OUI Charges

Darcey Nundy, 42, of Sanford.

A Sandford woman is facing charges after driving her vehicle off the road earlier this week.

On April 21, 2020, A Trooper from Troop A was dispatched to the report of a vehicle off the road at the intersection of Hamilton Road and South Waterboro Road in Lyman. It was reported that there was no injury to the driver of the car, but that she appeared to be intoxicated. After arriving on scene and speaking with the driver, Darcey Nundy, 42, of Sanford, the Trooper observed multiple signs of impairment. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing was administered, which Nundy failed. She was arrested for Operating Under the Influence.

It was also discovered that Nundy had three separate sets of bail conditions, one set was for Domestic Violence Assault, one was for OUI, and the last was for Violating Conditions of Release. Two of Nundy's bail conditions also prohibited the use or possession of Alcohol. She was transported to York County Jail for an Intoxilyzer test. The test showed that her breath alcohol content was over the legal limit.

Nundy was booked at the jail on the charges of OUI (Class D) and Violation of Conditions of Release (Class E). Darcey was held without bail.

Citizens take Keys from Reportedly Intoxicated Driver

Brittany Boudreau, 29, of Cumberland

Maine State Troopers say that an alert homeowner helped stop an intoxicated motorist that had parked in their driveway.

On October 14, 2019, at approximately 1:13 p.m., Maine State Police out of Troop A received a report from a resident on South Street in Dayton that an intoxicated motorist had pulled into their driveway. The resident took the keys from the vehicle due to the high level of intoxication by the driver. It was also learned that the Biddeford Police Department had received a report of this same vehicle operating erratically in their city.

When Troopers arrived on scene they observed the driver, Brittany Boudreau, 29, of Cumberland, throw a phone onto the ground damaging it. It was learned this phone belonged to one of the residents that called police.

Boudreau was uncooperative and was arrested for OUI-Liquor and Criminal Mischief. On the way to the jail she attempted to get out of the cruiser and had to be further restrained. She refused to take an intoxilyzer test at the jail and was booked on her charges.

She failed to make bail and will make her first court appearance in Springvale District court on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.


Mapleton OUI

Maine State Police arrested a Presque Isle man after he fled into the woods after crashing his vehicle.

On June 24, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Maine State Police received a report of a vehicle crash on the Pease Rd. in Mapleton.  Tr. Ted Martin responded and observed a car parked in a private driveway with damage.  Tr. Martin learned that the vehicle was traveling north on the Pease Rd. at a high rate of speed and lost control in the curve going off the roadway.  The operator moved the vehicle into the private driveway.

Before Tr. Martin arrived on scene, the male operator fled into the woods.  A description was given to Tr. Martin and Trooper’s, Deputies, and Wardens converged to the area.  There were several sightings during the search but the man would run back into the woods where officers would lose sight of him due the thick underbrush.  At approximately 9 p.m.,  Tr. Martin located the man in a swamp and took him into custody. 

The operator, Andrew Legassie from Presque Isle, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, OUI, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, and violation of conditions of release.  Legassie was transported to the Aroostook County Jail. 

Troop G Weekly Report April 8 to 14

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.

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