Maine state troopers hit by suspected drugged driver: ‘Bright lights and bodies flying’

Four Maine state troopers were thrown into the air when a suspected drugged driver struck them Sunday, then dared to say: “It wasn’t my fault,” witnesses said.

“All I saw was bright lights and flying bodies,” Misty Huber told WGME.

Donna Miller, another witness, said suspect Tyler Croston, 24, immediately excused himself after punching police in Hollis.

“The guy got out of the car and said, ‘It wasn’t my fault.’ It was not my fault. The lights blinded me,’” Miller told the outlet.

Huber de Hollis had been speaking with state troopers Jake Mowry, Shane St. Pierre, David Lemieux and Dakota Stewart in his driveway Sunday night about a family feud complaint when a red 2017 Subaru WRX suddenly crashed into officers. .

Mowry, 28, took the full force of the car’s impact, which threw him into the nearby woods, state police said.

The officer was rushed to the hospital for surgery and was in serious but stable condition.

Driver Tyler Croston, 24, was arrested and denied bail after police noted he violated two bail conditions on prior domestic violence charges.  Driver Tyler Croston, 24, was arrested in the crash and denied bail after police noted he violated two bail conditions on previous domestic violence charges. York County Sheriff’s Office

Maine police officer Dakota Stewart suffered broken bones.Police officer Dakota Stewart suffered broken bones. Maine State Police

Private Jake Mowry was thrown into the woods.Private Jake Mowry was thrown into the woods. Maine State Police

Police officer David Lemieux also suffered fractures.Police officer David Lemieux also suffered fractures. Maine State Police

Private Shane St. Pierre, 22, is undergoing surgery after being struck by a car Sunday night.Private Shane St. Pierre, 22, is undergoing surgery after also being struck by the Subaru. Maine State Police

Trooper-Recruit St. Pierre, 22, is also undergoing surgery, and Lemieux and Stewart, both 33, were treated and released with broken bones.

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Croston and his passenger, Amber Gedaro, 27, also suffered minor injuries.

The Westbrook man was arrested after being released from the hospital.

He was charged with aggravated OUI, aggravated endangered driving and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

A red 2017 Subaru WRX crashed into officers while they were handling a case on Route 202 in Hollis. A red 2017 Subaru WRX crashed into officers while they were handling a case on Route 202 in Hollis, Maine. York County Sheriff’s Office
Officials said there was evidence Croston was high when he crashed his car into officers.Officials said there was evidence Croston was high when he crashed his car into officers. York County Sheriff’s Office

York County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Jeremy Forbes said the case remains under investigation and police recovered evidence from Croston’s vehicle that suggests he was high on marijuana at the time of the incident.

Authorities said there was no sign Croston slowed as he approached the Route 202 troopers, his vehicle jumping off the sidewalk and striking the officers.

Police said Croston also faces charges of violating two bail conditions on domestic violence charges.

He is currently being held in the York County Jail and is not eligible for bail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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