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Lebanon Fatal

On Aug. 18, 2021, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash off the road on Rt. 202 in Lebanon.  Troopers learned that the vehicle was operated by 22-year-old Nathan Celley of Springvale, who was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash.  Mr. Celley did not survive the crash and speed was likely the cause of the crash. Maine State Police extend their condolences to family and friends of Mt. Celley during this difficult time.

Troop J Weekly Report (08-09-21 to 08-15-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

08-11-21

Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke involving a 2009 Toyota Camry, operated by Hardy Preston (58) of Edmunds Township and a 2003 GMC Sonoma, operated by Russell Kirshman (17) of Marion Township. Preston was deceased at the scene and Kirshman was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries. Kirshman was traveling in the westbound lane when he crossed the centerline and struck Preston head-on. Distracted driving and driving too fast for conditions appeared to be factors in the crash.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Border Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Baileyville Police Department and Pleasant Point Police Department assisted along with Pembroke Fire, Dennysville Fire and Rescue, Calais Ambulance, and Lyon’s Towing.    

08-12-21

Trooper Miles Carpenter investigated a criminal mischief complaint in Addision.  Christopher Cunningham (34) of Franklin was summonsed for criminal mischief.

08-13-21

Trooper Einar Mattson summoned Cindy Gierke (36) Sedgwick for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Deer Isle.

08-14-21

Trooper Einar Mattson arrested Amber Wiggins (21) Orland for Operating Under the Influence. The incident occurred on route 15 in Penobscot after Trooper Einar Mattson received a traffic compliant on the vehicle operated by Wiggins.

 

Driver trying to change direction on I-95 causes serious crash in Pittsfield

Pittsfield crash vehicle on a flatbed trailer From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, at approximately 8:45 hours a.m. State Troopers from Troop C responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in the town of Pittsfield. The preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by 28-year-old Kaitlyn Hawkes of Eastport and her passenger, 33-year-old Tiffany Bowen of Pembroke were southbound in the travel lane when Hawkes tried to change directions north. Hawkes attempted to use the crossover and entered the passing lane to do so. At that point, a truck driven by 32-year-old Richard Pillsbury of Winslow was driving in the passing lane and was unable to avoid hitting Hawkes’ vehicle. 

Hawkes was transported to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bowen was life-flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Pillsbury was uninjured in the crash. 

Hawkes has been charged with Aggravated Driving to Endanger and Operating with an Expired License. 
Anyone that witnessed the crash is urged to contact the Maine State Police and speak with Trooper Garret Booth. 

As Troopers continue to investigate the crash, we would like to remind motorists that using crossovers is not permitted for any reason whatsoever and is highly dangerous to everyone driving on the interstate. Please drive responsibly and if you miss your exit, proceed to the next off-ramp and reroute yourself to get to your destination safely. 
 

Vehicle rollover on the Turnpike sends two teenagers to the hospital

Gray rollover crashFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Friday, August 13, 2021, at approximately 7:23 a.m. a single-vehicle rollover occurred on the Turnpike near mile 66 in Gray.

The driver of a 2008 Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound in the passing lane and was attempting to change lanes. That driver, a female Minor from Minneapolis who was driving on a permit, did not see the other vehicle in the travel lane, jerked the wheel left to avoid hitting the other vehicle, overcorrected right, and went off the roadway. The car rolled over multiple times, ejecting the driver. The car landed on top of the lower half of her body. The driver, in critical condition was sent by Life Flight to Maine Medical Center in Portland from Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The passenger, a Minor female from Lewiston and also only on a permit, sustained a head laceration and was being treated at CMMC. 

Maine State law requires that an operator of a vehicle who holds a permit only must have a licensed driver that’s at least 20 years of age, with more than 2 years of experience, holding a valid license, sitting in the front passenger seat, and not impaired.
 

Edmunds Township man killed in head on collision in Pembroke

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On August 11th, 2021, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke involving a 2009 Toyota Camry, driven by 58-year-old Hardy Preston of Edmunds Township and a 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 17-year-old Russell Kirshman of Marion Township. The crash occurred when Kirshman, traveling in the westbound lane crossed the centerline and struck Preston’s car head-on. 

Preston died at the scene. Kirshman was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

Distracted driving and driving too fast for conditions appear to be factors in the crash. 
 
Corporal Jeffrey Taylor responded as the primary investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi, Border Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Point PD. Baileyville PD., Pembroke Fire, Dennysville Fire and Rescue, Calais Ambulance, and Lyon’s Towing.  

The Maine State Police would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Hardy Preston.
 

Troop J Weekly Report (08-02-21 to 08-08-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 1

08-02-21

Trooper Keith York summonsed Jon Moore (27) of Topsfield, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Topsfield.

08-05-21

Trooper Jarid Leonard responded to a late report of a Personal Injury crash on Rt. 1 in Township 7. Nathan Grant (44) of Blue Hill, crashed his vehicle.  Nathan was summonsed for Leaving the Scene of a Crash.

08-08-21

Trooper Owen Reed arrested Joshua Hendrixson (32) of Stonington, for Eluding an Officer after he rode a motorcycle by Trooper Reed at a high rate of speed and in an erratic manner in Blue Hill.  Hendrixson was also charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Violation of Conditional Release and Aggravated Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation.  Sergeant Daniel Ryan assisted.

Wrong way driver killed on Turnpike

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

A Caribou man was killed in early morning crash on the Turnpike in Kittery. 

Maine State Police is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at approximately 12:37 a.m. on the ME Turnpike. The crash, involving a passenger car and a tractor-trailer truck occurred southbound at mile 2 in Kittery by the Wilson Road overpass. 29-year-old Caleb Ewing of Caribou, the driver of the car died at the scene. The tractor-trailer, owned and operated by 46-year-old Joshua Stone of Auburn was uninjured. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. 

It is believed that Ewing entered onto the turnpike in Kittery and traveled in the wrong direction going northbound in the southbound lane. Stone and his tractor-trailer truck, which was hauling bottled water at the time, were traveling southbound and took evasive action upon spotting Ewing, but could not avoid the collision. Ewing struck the side of the tractor-trailer truck rupturing the fuel tank which caused diesel fuel to spill out onto the roadway.

The turnpike was shut down to one lane for hours while police investigated and crews worked to remove the vehicles and re-open the roadway. Assisting in the investigation were MSP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Kittery Fire Department, Kittery Police Department, York Police and Fire Departments, the DEP, and National Wrecker Service.

The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear at this time if speed and alcohol were contributing factors. 
 

Troop J Weekly Report (07-26-21 to 08-01-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

07-26-21

Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Jason French (49) of Sullivan, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Franklin.  A passenger in that vehicle, Nicole Sargent (34) of Sullivan, was arrested for Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs.  Corporal Jeff Taylor, Trooper Josh Lander and Trooper Jarid Leonard assisted.

Trooper Keith York responded to Grand Lake Stream for a theft complaint where a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle during the day.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Jarid Leonard summonsed Pasquale Paganucci (46) of Franklin, for Illegal Attachment of Plates after a traffic stop in Hancock.  Corporal Jeff Taylor assisted.

07-28-21

Trooper Kim Sawyer in investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 9 in Crawford. The accident involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle striking head on. Deceased in the passenger vehicle was Bruce Pierce (63) of Calais.

07-30-21

Trooper Josh Lander responded to a crash in Amherst where a vehicle had driven off a 40-foot embankment in a construction area.  As a result of the investigation the operator, David Maher (62) of Maryland, was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and transported to a local hospital by EMS for his injuries.  Trooper Owen Reed and Trooper Taylor Dube assisted at the scene. 

Maine State Police Merit and Citation Awards 2020 (Full List)

Trooper of the Year
Det. Abbe Chabot, MCU-S


Legendary Trooper 
Retired Sgt. Lloyd Williams, K-9 Unit

Wounds Received:
Tpr. Mickael Nunez, Troop D

Colonel’s Awards:
Dr. Charles Ellithorpe, Veterinarian for K-9 unit
Michelle Holman, Civilian
Dennis Kennedy, Civilian
Paul Gioia, Civilian
Sara Parsons, Admin II, Troop B, Honor Guard 
Robert Rooney, MDOT
Michael Babb, MDOT
Ret. Det. David Preble, Retiree 
Tpr. Connor Willard, Troop B
Tpr. Anthony Keim, Troop G

MSP Fleet Services: 

  • Robert Chapman,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Jason Ellis, Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Tony Lastella,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Ryan Hickey,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Mo Gosselin,  Parts Department
  • Rachael Alexander, Office Associate/Administration
  • Paul Litchfield,  Mechanic Houlton Garage
  • Wade Paradis,  Mechanic Bangor Garage
  • Leo Nye, Mechanic South Portland Garage
  • Richard Stoddard, Mechanic South Portland Garage
  • Justin Milair,  RCM Contractor
  • Steve Thompson,  RCM Contractor

Leadership Award:
Sgt. Randall Keaten, Fleet Services 
Sgt. Peter Michaud,Troop C

Bravery:
Det. Dave Coflesky, Assistant Commander, Tactical Team, MCU-South
Cpl. Caleb McGary, Assistant Commander, Tactical Team, Training Unit
Tpr. Miles Carpenter, Tactical Team Operator, Troop J
Cpl. Paul Casey, Tactical Team Operator, Troop B
Sgt. James “JB” MacDonald, Tactical Team Operator, Troop A
Tpr. Andrew Hardy, Tactical Team Operator, Troop C
Tpr. Michael Lane,  Tactical Team Operator, Troop A
Tpr. Eric Sucy, Tactical Team Operator, Troop C
Cpl. GJ Neagle,  Tactical Team Operator K9, Troop C
Tpr. Jeffrey Parks,  Tactical Team Operator, Troop G
Tpr. Sander Cowie, Tactical Team Operator, Troop B

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