Woodstock man denies a dozen prices stemming from Oxford County chase

Jun. 18 — SOUTH PARIS – A Woodstock man on Friday denied a dozen crimes stemming from a March police chase and a critical crash.

Ethan J. Rioux-Poulios, 26, appeared by videoconference in Oxford County Superior Court docket from Oxford County Jail, the place he pleaded not responsible to 9 felony-level prices and three misdemeanor-level prices.

Every of the felony-level aggravated assault prices carries a most penalty of 30 years in jail.

He is charged with three counts of reckless conduct with a harmful weapon, eluding an officer, driving to hazard, leaving the scene of an accident involving critical bodily harm or demise. Every of these is punishable by as much as 5 years in jail.

He is additionally charged with three misdemeanor-level prices of driving to hazard.

Rioux-Poulios was indicted by an Oxford County grand jury on these prices in Might.

On these prices, Justice Harold Stewart II held bail at $ 75,000 money, however he additionally ordered Rioux-Poulios held with out bail on a movement to revoke his probation pending a listening to on that movement subsequent month.

His legal professional, Verne Paradie, had filed a movement to amend his shopper’s bail that may permit direct switch from the jail to a safe substance abuse dysfunction rehabilitation facility in Bangor, noting Rioux-Poulios has a “important substance abuse dysfunction.”

Paradie mentioned Friday approving the switch wouldn’t put the group in danger as a result of his shopper could be in custody the whole time.

Assistant District Lawyer Patricia Mador countered that the defendant has a string of legal convictions courting again 4 years, together with violations of circumstances of bail and probation. Two of the fees concerned gun possession, she mentioned.

Stewart denied Paradie’s movement for the switch.

“Mr. Poulios has been afforded alternatives prior to now to hunt substance use dysfunction therapy,” Stewart mentioned. “I do not know what these efforts have been, however there was actually time that was supplied. And in order that request to now search launch so you possibly can (search) therapy is a bit bit on shaky floor.”

Stewart mentioned Rioux-Poulios’ “substance use dysfunction is, in fact, nothing in need of leaving him as a menace to society and creating harmful conditions.”

Rioux-Poulios was convicted of manslaughter in a 2019 deadly crash and had been on probation within the night of March 4 when he was alleged to have been concerned in a multi-town police chase and crash in Paris.

Within the 2019 incident, the automotive in Rioux-Poulios had been driving slammed into the again of a automobile on State Route 26 in West Paris whereas fleeing from an Oxford County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy. The collision killed the motive force, 70-year-old John Pikiell of Norway, whose automobile was propelled right into a tree.

Rioux-Poulios fled from the scene and was later situated at a house in South Paris.

He was sentenced in July 2021 to seven years in jail, with all of that point – besides two years – suspended. His Maine driver’s license was imagined to have been suspended indefinitely by the Maine Bureau of Motor Autos, however apparently was not because of an administrative glitch.

Within the March 4 incident, authorities mentioned Nicole Kumiega, 28, of Portland was driving a Ford Escape that night when it was struck on Oxford Road in Paris by Rioux-Poulios, who was driving a pickup truck.

Kumiega was first taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, then flown by a LifeFlight of Maine to Maine Medical Heart in Portland, the place she was listed in crucial situation.

The passenger within the Ford Escape was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital, handled and launched.

The police pursuit earlier than the crash started early on the night of March 4 when the Oxford Police Division acquired a report of a Ford F-150 pickup truck being pushed erratically on Mechanic Falls Street, or state Route 121, in Oxford.

Native police tried to meet up with the truck, which was reported by witnesses to be hanging different automobiles on Route 26 in Oxford whereas passing them headed north.

The motive force, later recognized as Rioux-Poulios, turned onto Oxford Road and continued to cross unsafely, then misplaced management of the truck and slammed into the Ford Escape, inflicting it to go off the highway and into the timber, authorities mentioned.

Witnesses reported Rioux-Poulios escaped from his burning truck with a gash on his head and bumped into close by woods behind a faculty.

Police acquired reviews that he then stole a automobile and was headed again towards Norway.

State police took up the pursuit of the stolen automobile from Oxford to Otisfield, then Norway, reaching speeds as much as 75 mph, with Rioux-Poulios mentioned to be passing lengthy strains of automobiles in an effort to life police.

The pursuit returned to Oxford roads and south on Route 26 with Maine State Police, Oxford County Sheriff’s Workplace, Norway, Paris and Oxford police departments all concerned.

A state trooper was capable of nudge the stolen automobile off Route 121 close to the intersection with Allen Hill Street in Oxford the place Rioux-Poulios was taken into custody.

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