February 14

Charges against Augusta man include domestic violence, OUI

Jacob Pouliot rammed his girlfriend’s car, broke down her door and broke her cellphone, police say

Staff Report

AUGUSTA — A local man was arrested Thursday for allegedly ramming his girlfriend’s car with another vehicle while driving while intoxicated, kicking in her apartment door, and breaking her cellphone.

Jacob L. Pouliot, 24, of Augusta, was arrested at 10:10 p.m. Thursday on charges of domestic violence, aggravated criminal mischief and operating under the influence by police responding to a report of a disturbance on South Chestnut Street. He was also held on a charge of violating probation.

Witnesses told police Pouliot backed the vehicle he was driving into his girlfriend’s car five times, then came to her apartment, kicked in her door and broke her cellphone. Police said an officer saw extensive damage to the front driver’s side of her car.

Officer Adam Moody, in an affidavit filed with the court Friday, said Pouliot’s girlfriend appeared scared to tell him what happened because she feared the Augusta man and what he would do if she cooperated with police.

Pouliot told police he was having only a verbal argument with his girlfriend.

Moody said Pouliot took a Breathalyzer test and blew a .13. The legal driving limit is .08.

Moody wrote in the affidavit “due to the imminent fear Pouliot placed (the girlfriend) in by intentionally causing damage to her door, cellphone and vehicle, while also operating a motor vehicle intoxicated, Pouliot was arrested for operating under the influence and domestic violence aggravated criminal mischief.

It was decided he would be held without bail at an Augusta District Court hearing Friday.

Last February Pouliot, then a Randolph resident, pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, the result of an altercation that ended in a man getting shot in the leg outside the Bridge Street Tavern in 2011. In that case, he was sentenced to five years in jail, with all but nine months suspended, and two years’ probation.

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