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Maine State Police Troop F Report, April 4-10, 2022

Editor’s Note: An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

HOULTON, Maine — The Maine State Police Troop F barracks in Houlton responded to a number of calls for service during the period of April 4-10, including the following.

Monday, April 4

ST. AGATHA — Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in St. Agatha and observed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 30 mph. Tr. Desrosier activated his blue emergency lights and siren but the vehicle accelerated. Tr. Desrosier terminated the pursuit but later located the vehicle at a private residence in St. Agatha. Tr. Desrosier spoke with a woman who admitted to running from him stating she was scared. The woman was issued a criminal summons for eluding and for criminal speeding.

FRENCHVILLE — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Frenchville and observed a vehicle with an expired inspection certificate. Tr. Roy recognized the vehicle as someone he had stopped previously and was aware his license was suspended. Tr. Roy stopped the vehicle and after investigation the driver was issued a summons for operating after suspension and a warning for the inspection violation. The man arranged to have a licensed driver come get him and the vehicle.

FRENCHVILLE — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Frenchville when he observed a vehicle without an inspection certificate. Tr. Roy conducted a traffic stop and after an investigation he discovered the operator’s license had expired back in 2020. The woman stated she hadn’t had time to get it updated. She was issued a criminal summons for operating with an expired driver’s license beyond 90 days and a warning for the inspection violation.

HOULTON — ​​Tr. Castonguay was conducting traffic enforcement and was driving through Houlton. He observed a truck with no front registration plate and no inspection certificate displayed. Tr. Castonguay conducted a traffic stop and after an investigation he found multiple violations. The driver was issued a criminal summons for operating an unregistered vehicle. He was issued a traffic summons for not having an inspection certificate and for not having insurance. The man was issued a warning for his tires and for not having a front registration plate. The man parked the truck in a parking lot and made arrangements for someone to come get him.

HOULTON — Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement and driving through Houlton. He observed a vehicle speeding and conducted a traffic stop. After an investigation, it was discovered the driver/registered owner had not registered the vehicle since May 2021. The driver was issued a warning for speeding and a criminal summons for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

FORT KENT — Tr. Martin was conducting traffic enforcement when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. Tr. Martin recognized the male driver and knew he had warrants for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and aggravated criminal mischief from a case Tr. Martin investigated. The operator was arrested and transported to the Fort Kent Police Department. The offender met with Aroostook County Community Corrections Program as part of his bail conditions. In the days following, Tr. Martin summonsed two juveniles for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, an adult male for receiving stolen property and another adult male for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer as part of the same investigation.

VASSALBORO — Sgt. Haines spent the week of April 4 at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a firearms instructor for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.

Tuesday, April 5

NEW LIMERICK — Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement in New Limerick and observed a vehicle with an expired inspection certificate. After stopping the vehicle and investigating, it was discovered the vehicle was not registered and the driver had an expired driver’s license beyond 90 days. The driver was issued a warning for the inspection and registration violations. She was issued a criminal summons for operating with an expired license beyond 90 days. A licensed driver came and got her and the vehicle.

VAN BUREN — Tr. Martin received a complaint for a stolen vehicle in Van Buren. The offender had left Maine and his last known location was somewhere in North Carolina. Tr. Martin learned the vehicle had been in the possession of the offender since October 2021. The complainant offered to sell the vehicle to the offender rather than reporting it stolen. The offender was still using the registration plates belonging to the complainant and collecting unpaid toll fines in several states. Tr. Martin asked that the license plate be entered into the National Crime Information Center and will seek an arrest warrant for the offender. 

Wednesday, April 6

HOULTON — Tr. Castonguay was conducting traffic enforcement and was driving through Houlton. He observed a vehicle speeding and conducted a traffic stop. After an investigation, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. The man stated he paid his fines, but the computer likely had not yet updated. Tr. Castonguay issued him a criminal summons for operating after suspension and his passenger was able to drive the vehicle.

Thursday, April 7

VAN BUREN — Tr. Curtin received a criminal mischief complaint in Van Buren. A tractor trailer truck from Canada had driven over road signs, private lawns as well as damaged the town wastewater area while trying to navigate side streets. The truck went back into Canada before it could be intercepted. Tr. Curtin will be following up with Customs for more information and the investigation is ongoing.

Friday, April 8

VAN BUREN — Tr. Desrosier was on a traffic stop in Van Buren when he observed a vehicle driving past him with no inspection certificate and he knew the operator had a suspended driver’s license. Tr. Desrosier cleared the stop he was on and stopped the other vehicle. The driver was confirmed to have a suspended license and was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension and a warning for the inspection violation.

PATTEN — Tr. Castonguay was conducting traffic enforcement in Patten and observed a man, which he knew had a suspended driver’s license, driving. Tr. Castonguay stopped the vehicle and after an investigation, the man was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension. The man arranged to have a licensed driver come get him and his vehicle.

VASSALBORO — Tr. Merchant instructed breath test device certifications for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Saturday, April 9

HOULTON — Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement and was driving through Houlton. He observed a vehicle displaying a 2018-2019 inspection certificate as well as other equipment violations. The vehicle was stopped and after an investigation it was determined the vehicle was not inspected, not registered, the driver had a suspended driver’s license, had two sets of bail conditions, and a contract with the Aroostook County Community Corrections Program. The driver was issued a warning for the inspection and registration violations as well as other violations. He was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension and for violating conditions of release. The vehicle was towed from the area and his ACCCP case worker was notified.

VAN BUREN — Tr. Curtin was monitoring traffic in Van Buren when he stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As a result of the stop, Tr. Curtin arrested the operator, a Van Buren man on a warrant and charged him with operating after suspension. Tr. Curtin identified one of the passengers as a Van Buren man. Tr. Curtin also arrested that male on a warrant. They were both transported to theMadawaska Police Department where they were able to make bail.

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