LEBANON, Maine - A Lebanon man seriously injured earlier this month when his truck crashed into a boulder near his home on Kennebec Drive was being investigated in a domestic violence incident that occurred earlier in the day, police said on Tuesday.
Maine State Police Trooper Rick Spicer said when police arrived at the residence where the incident occurred on July 10 the 23-year-old suspect had fled the scene.
Spicer said police were able to contact the suspect and urged him to return of his own volition and give his side of the story.
"We made contact to get his side of the story, but he was away and he agreed to come back by a certain time, but he didn't come back by that time," Spicer said.
After the suspect failed to return by the agreed upon time, police executed an arrest warrant and put out a BOLO (be on the lookout).
Then as police were leaving the scene the suspect returned in his truck around 4 p.m. and crashed into the boulder across the street from his home. Spicer said the alleged victim and her mother were in the house at the time.
After the truck crashed, it caught fire spawning a small brush fire. When troopers found the stubborn blaze unable to put out, they called Lebanon Fire and EMS who were able to quickly douse the flame. Milton Fire and Rescue also responded.
Spicer said the suspect was Medflighted to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of his injuries. Spicer said the man was reported in stable condition when he last checked a couple of days ago.
Spicer said they will wait until he is released from the hospital to formally charge him with the DV assault.
He said the victim in the attack did not require treatment for any injuries, and that the investigation remains open.