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 Courtroom from Oxford County Jail, the place he pleaded not responsible to 9 felony-level costs and three misdemeanor-level costs.
Every of the felony-level aggravated assault costs 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 costs of driving to hazard.
Rioux-Poulios was indicted by an Oxford County grand jury on these costs in Could.
On these costs, Justice Harold Stewart II held bail at $ 75,000 in 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 lawyer, Verne Paradie, had filed a movement to amend his consumer’s bail that will permit direct switch from the jail to a safe substance abuse dysfunction rehabilitation facility in Bangor, noting Rioux-Poulios has a “vital substance abuse dysfunction.”
Paradie stated Friday approving the switch wouldn’t put the group in danger as a result of his consumer could be in custody your entire time.
Assistant District Legal professional 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 costs concerned gun possession, she stated.
Stewart denied Paradie’s movement for the switch.
“Mr. Poulios has been afforded alternatives prior to now to hunt substance use dysfunction therapy,” Stewart stated. “I do not know what these efforts have been, however there was definitely time that was offered. And in order that request to now search launch so you possibly can (search) therapy is slightly bit on shaky floor.”
Stewart stated Rioux-Poulios’ “substance use dysfunction is, after all, nothing wanting 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 Rioux-Poulios had been driving slammed into the again of a car on State Route 26 in West Paris whereas fleeing from an Oxford County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy. The collision killed the driving force, 70-year-old John Pikiell of Norway, whose car 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 presupposed to have been suspended indefinitely by the Maine Bureau of Motor Autos, however apparently was not resulting from an administrative glitch.
Within the March 4 incident, authorities stated 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 Middle in Portland, the place she was listed in essential 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 go 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 stated.
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 studies that he then stole a car and was headed again towards Norway.
State police took up the pursuit of the stolen car from Oxford to Otisfield, then Norway, reaching speeds as much as 75 mph, with Rioux-Poulios stated to be passing lengthy traces 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 car off Route 121 close to the intersection with Allen Hill Street in Oxford the place Rioux-Poulios was taken into custody.