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Houlton man indicted after wrong way interstate trip

CARIBOU, Maine — A Houlton man was indicted on multiple charges by an Aroostook County grand jury after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 95.

David Cram, 43, was indicted for eluding an officer, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, driving to endanger and operating beyond license conditions or restrictions.

Cram was heading south in his 2010 GMC pickup in the northbound lane of Interstate 95 about 9 p.m on May 6, according to the grand jury indictment. Trooper Scott Duff spotted Cram’s southbound GMC in the northbound lane near Smyrna.

According to court documents, Cram “did recklessly create a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to other motorists on I-95 with the use of a dangerous weapon, a vehicle.”

Troopers from the Bangor area shut down all northbound traffic in Medway as Duff tried to stop Cram. The trooper attempted to drive in front of the truck and deploy a spike mat, but that tactic was not successful, according to Harris.

Duff next got close enough to the vehicle near Island Falls to try a “pursuit intervention technique,” which involves the cruiser making contact in an attempt to cause the driver to lose control and stop.

Officers found Cram’s truck later in the evening on Route 11 in Ashland after it ran out of gas. Police located Cram a short time later and took him into custody without incident.

According to the indictment, Cram had been convicted of OUI once before, in April 2018.

Other indictments included:

Riley J. Hall, 21, Presque Isle, possession of methamphetamine greater than 200 mg.

Riley Parady, 25, Fort Fairfield, possession of methamphetamine greater than 200 mg, possession of a schedule Z drug.

Mathew Nichols, 41, Mapleton, burglary, aggravated criminal mischief, theft of greater than $1,000.

Jason Durand, 46, Ashland, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Alan Crabbe, Frenchville, 53, arson, burglary of a dwelling, aggravated criminal mischief

Scott Charette, 45, Houlton, operating a motor vehicle while  under the influence with priors, operating after license suspension, operating while under the influence.

Joseph Dobbins, 21, Houlton, criminal threatening, domestic violence (two counts), assault with priors.

Michael A. Vose, 34, Veazie, burglary of a dwelling, failure to give name, date of birth and address, theft of less than $500.

Kara L. Heath, 34, Monticello, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule Z drugs, theft of less than $500, violation of conditions of release.

Forrest N. Heath, 23, Patten, possession of greater than 200 mg oxycodone, operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, possession of schedule W drugs, possession of 8-16 ounces of marijuana.

Matthew M. Deschesne, 26, Weston, theft greater than $1,000.

Kevin G. Cummings, 28, Houlton, gross sexual assault, possession of schedule W drugs, criminal mischief, violation of a protection from abuse order, violating conditions of release.

Nicholas Ireland, 21, Houlton, aggravated criminal trespass, criminal mischief, domestic violence assault with priors, criminal restraint.

Billi Ann Hanington, 25, Houlton, possession of methamphetamine greater than 200mg, aggravated furnishing schedule W drug.

Ryan L. Bennett, 41, Houlton, possession of methamphetamine greater than 200mg.

Justin A. Drake, 33, Ludlow, aggravated forgery.

Justin Akerson, 23, felony violation of conditions of release.

Michael B. Cullins, 27, Ludlow, felony violation of conditions of release.

Stephen H. Twist, 47, Mattawamkeag, operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of a schedule W drug.

Lindsay Duffy-Stanley, 36, Benedicta, unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab, violation of conditions of release.

Christopher D. Eastham, 47, New Limerick, unlawful trafficking of schedule W drugs.

Philip Madore, 60, Presque Isle, aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine, importing schedule W drugs, violation of conditions of release.

Matthew A. Skidgel, 30, Caribou, aggravated trafficking of drugs, aggravated furnishing of drugs near school (two counts), violation of conditions of release.

Stephanie Vierkant, 38, Portage, escape, violation of conditions of release.

Keith Jordan, 41, Caribou, aiding escape, furnishing assistance.

Jason J. Durand, 46, Ashland, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Garret Brown, 50, Wytopitloc, aggravated criminal mischief, reckless conduct with a weapon (priors,) operating motor vehicle while under the influence, driving to endanger, operating without a license.

Harley D. Simon, 30, Van Buren, theft of services greater than $10,000, forgery.

Joseph A. Maile, 20, Presque Isle, gross sexual assault, compulsion (two counts).

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