AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Attorney General’s office is seeking an injunction against a man accused of threatening another man and ramming his car.
Attorney General William Schneider says it was a bias-motivated assault that interfered with the man’s civil rights.
The state’s complaint says the 60-year-old man was parked at a boat launch in Auburn in March. It alleges 50-year-old Ronald Champagne drove up to him, called him a homophobic epithet and threatened to ram his car into a lake. A pursuit took place in which allegedly Champagne rammed the man’s car.
Under the Maine Civil Rights Act, the Attorney General’s Office may obtain injunctions against individuals who use physical force or violence or threats motivated by bias against race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, and physical or mental disability.