Man racks up 13 charges after ramming woman's car, assaulting officers

By Tanya Mitchell | Mar 19, 2014
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office David Morin

Belfast — A China man is facing 13 charges stemming from a series of alleged events Tuesday night, March 18, after police say he purposely drove his own vehicle into a woman's car while intoxicated, then attempted to outrun police and assaulted two officers while en route to jail.

David Morin, 32, of China, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, failure to stop for a police officer, three counts of assault on a corrections officer, three counts of assault, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, aggravated reckless conduct, driving to endanger, domestic violence assault and leaving the scene of an accident, charges that came from two local law enforcement agencies.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said Belfast police initially responded to a complaint from a woman calling from her residence in Swanville. The woman stated Morin intentionally and repeatedly rammed his vehicle into the car she was driving at the intersection of Church and Market streets after the two had an argument. The woman also stated Morin, who is her ex-boyfriend, assaulted her prior to hitting her vehicle.

From there, Belfast police called on deputies with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office to assist. Waldo County Lt. Jason Trundy said deputies then went to the alleged victim's home in Swanville to learn more about the incident.

As the officers were speaking with the woman, Morin appeared at her home for a moment before taking off again, driving back down Route 141. The officers left the residence and attempted to stop Morin, but they were unable to locate him.

"Obviously he was trying to avoid them," said Trundy.

A Belfast officer happened to be situated a short distance away, Trundy said, but that officer did not see a vehicle fitting the description of the one Morin was reportedly driving. Using that information, Trundy said, the deputies decided to check a few of the side roads off Route 141 to see if Morin turned onto one of them. A short time later, Trundy said, the officers found that Morin had stopped and parked his vehicle at a location just off Route 141.

"They tried to interview him, and they recognized that he was impaired," said Trundy. "Then he gave them a little bit of resistance as they were taking him into custody."

Morin reportedly spit on one of the deputies on a couple of occasions while he was en route to the Waldo County Jail, and as Morin arrived at the jail, Trundy said he "struck one of the corrections officers several times."

Morin is scheduled to appear at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, May 1.

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