Assault call led to arrest in hit-run

Posted Dec. 29, 2008, at 8:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A domestic assault call led police to the driver whose vehicle allegedly struck a woman late Friday afternoon at the intersection of Third and Cedar streets and left the scene.

Brian Rice, 31, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, domestic assault and operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.

He remained at Penobscot County Jail late Monday unable to make bail.

Rice, whose driver’s license was suspended Nov. 28 for failure to pay child support, did not enter pleas. District Court Judge Jesse Gunther set bail at $2,000 cash when Rice made his first court appearance.

Bangor police arrested him early Saturday morning after they answered a domestic assault complaint made by Rice’s girlfriend. She told officers Rice had admitted that he took her car without her permission and was driving it when he struck a woman at Cedar and Third streets in Bangor, according to the affidavit filed Monday.

An hour before Rice appeared in court, Superior Court Justice John Nivison gave the victim of the hit-and-run a short reprieve from being in the same jail with the man charged with running her down. Amanda Guay, 21, of Bangor was scheduled to be in court Monday morning to be sentenced for violating her probation on a theft charge.

Her hearing was rescheduled for next week when Guay did not show up and the judge was informed of the last week’s accident. She is facing up to 343 days in jail for allegedly committing another theft while on probation, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Rice was traveling west on Cedar Street at about 4:30 p.m. Friday when Guay and a male companion stepped into the crosswalk at Third Street, according to the police report filed with the affidavit. The man told police that a red car approached the intersection at a high speed and struck Guay to avoid hitting him.

Guay struck the car windshield, then went over the roof of the car, rolling on the ground several times. She was found approximately 25 feet from the crosswalk, according to the police report. The man told police he opened the driver’s door of the car that had struck Guay and yelled at the driver, who allegedly drove away when the witness turned away to help Guay.

Bangor police responded about 1:35 a.m. Saturday to the report of a domestic assault at an apartment on Eaton Place, a side street off Fifth Street. The 39-year-old female victim told police her boyfriend, Rice, had told her that on Friday afternoon he had borrowed her 1992 Ford Escort and struck a woman, according to the po-lice report.

He allegedly told her he fled the scene because his license was suspended and he had been drinking. Rice also said he left the car in a nearby neighborhood, according to the police report. The car, partially covered in snow, was found about 3 a.m. Saturday parked on Hayward Street.

Rice’s girlfriend told police that she and Rice had gotten into an argument shortly before she called 911 because he wanted to borrow her new truck. When she told him no because he was drunk and did not have a license, Rice began to choke her, according to the affidavit.

The woman’s truck was found on Hammond Street near High Street about 2 a.m. Saturday outside an apartment where a friend of Rice lived, his girlfriend told police. Officers found Rice inside an apartment and placed him under arrest.

Bail conditions prevent Rice from having contact with his girlfriend, Guay and her companion who witnessed the accident.

If convicted, Rice faces up to five years in prison on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

He is expected to be indicted next month by the Penobscot County grand jury.

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