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Maine State Police Troop F Report, Aug. 8-14, 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 Aug. 8-14, including the following.

Monday, Aug. 8

MAPLETON — Sgt. Fuller and Tr. Rider conducted traffic incident management training for the Mapleton Fire Department.

HODGDON — Tr. Cotton was conducting traffic enforcement in Hodgdon when he observed a vehicle with no brake lights. Tr. Cotton stopped the vehicle and made contact with the male operator. Through his investigation, Tr. Cotton learned the male’s driver’s license was suspended for failure to maintain required liability insurance. The vehicle’s registration and inspection sticker had expired in November 2021. The operator was also unable to provide proof of insurance. Tr. Cotton charged the 27-year-old Houlton man with operating after suspension and provided him a Houlton District Court date in November. He was also cited for the inspection and insurance violations and warned for the registration violation.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

HOULTON — With the coordination of the Maine State Police Fugitive Task Force, Tr. Dave Alexander and Cpl. Quint met with authorities at the Houlton port of entry to bring a fugitive to jail.  A Texas man had been in Canada and was turned over to the United States due to a fully extraditable warrant from Texas for abuse of a child.  The man is currently being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

WOODLAND — On June 1, Tr. Roy began investigating a theft complaint in Woodland. The victim reported that he moved his camper and his personal belongings to a vacant lot in Woodland. He reported that someone went inside his camper and stole jewelry, clothing, and other household items. The victim also reported he had tools stored under some trees near the camper and those were stolen as well. Through his investigation and interviews, Tr. Roy learned of a suspect and worked with the victim to gather evidence. On Aug. 10, an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, a 33-year-old Presque Isle female. The warrant included two counts of felony theft and one count of felony possession of stolen property.

Friday, Aug. 12

GRAND ISLE — Tr. Desrosier was parked in Grand Isle and observed a side-by-side UTV driving in the middle of Route 1 that did not appear to be registered.  When the operator saw Tr. Desrosier’s cruiser, he slowed and turned onto a side road.  Tr. Desrosier stopped the vehicle.  After an investigation, the man was arrested for operating under the influence and later posted bail.

PATTEN — Tr. Castonguay responded to a traffic complaint in Patten resulting in an OUI arrest.  The complainant stated a man in a sports car was spinning his tires and went off the road once already.  The man got out and confronted the homeowner after the homeowner said he was calling the police.  The driver started to fight with the homeowner and was held down until Tr. Castonguay arrived.  Further investigation revealed the man was intoxicated and was arrested.

Saturday, Aug. 13

BRIDGEWATER — –Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Bridgewater when he observed a vehicle traveling towards him at a high rate of speed. Via radar Tr. Roy determined the vehicle was traveling 91 mph in a 55-mph zone. Tr. Roy stopped the vehicle and made contact with the male operator. The male advised Tr. Roy he was running late for work. He was also unable to provide proof of insurance for his vehicle. Tr. Roy issued the 33-year-old Texas man a speeding citation for 25-29 mph over the limit, and a citation for failure to provide evidence of insurance.

MONTICELLO — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Monticello when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Via radar he determined the vehicle was traveling 75 mph in a 45-mph zone. Tr. Roy stopped the vehicle and made contact with the male operator. He issued the 62-year-old Orono man a speeding citation for 25-29 mph over the limit.

VAN BUREN — The Houlton Regional Communications Center received a report of theft of gasoline in Van Buren. Tr. Curtin spoke with the homeowner, who advised someone had siphoned gasoline out of a vehicle and multiple ATVs on his property. The investigation is active.

Sunday, Aug. 14

ST. JOHN PLANTATION — Tr. Martin was investigating a burglary and sought a male subject. He knew the individual he was looking for had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear. Tr. Martin got to the male’s parents’ residence, where he saw the male mowing the lawn. The male then saw Tr. Martin and started driving the lawn mower behind the house. Tr. Martin followed the male out back. The male was trying to get into the house when Tr. Martin advised him to stop because he needed to talk to him. The male complied with Tr. Martin’s order. The male advised he had nothing to do with the burglary and was placed under arrest on his warrant.

FORT FAIRFIELD — Tr. Merchant was asked to conduct a drug recognition expert evaluation on an individual for Fort Fairfield Police Department. The PD had been called in reference to a box truck that was in an accident. When they arrived, the male driver appeared to be under the influence of something. The male was placed under arrest and taken in for an intoxilyzer test. Tr. Merchant conducted a drug evaluation on the male and found the male to be impaired by narcotics. The male consented to a blood draw and was charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

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