Brewer woman arrested in Bangor hit-and-run changed story, deputy DA says

Posted June 14, 2012, at 8:09 a.m.
Last modified June 14, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.
Patricia Giles
Patricia Giles
Joshua Constantine
Joshua Constantine

BANGOR, Maine — The Brewer woman arrested Wednesday night in connection with a fatal hit-and-run on Main Street earlier this month told police at first that she thought she hit a dog, Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said Thursday.

“That was her initial story, but she didn’t stick with it very long,” he said.

Under an agreement with the district attorney’s office, Patricia Giles, 51, surrendered to authorities at the Bangor police station on Wednesday night and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Class C felony, and falsifying evidence.

She faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

Authorities say Giles hit Joshua R. Constantine, 37, of Bangor, a longtime employee of a downtown business, as he crossed Main Street near the entrance to Shaw’s supermarket around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Constantine, an employee of Herbal Tea & Tobacco, was killed instantly.

Giles’ silver 2000 Pontiac Bonneville didn’t stop and didn’t brake, Roberts said.

The next day, Bangor police got a tip that Giles was involved and went to her residence on North Main Street in Brewer and found the car in the garage.

Giles “tried to remove the damaged windshield from the vehicle,” which is why she was charged with falsifying evidence, Roberts said.

“Ultimately, she acknowledged to the Bangor Police Department that she hit someone and then panicked,” Roberts said.

Giles was not immediately arrested because “she’s a longtime member of the community, she owns property in the area, and was not considered a flight risk,” the deputy district attorney said. “There was no reason to make an arrest until the investigation was complete.”

She has a couple of misdemeanors on her record but nothing serious, Roberts said.

The night Constantine was hit, the Zac Brown Band was performing on the waterfront. A friend and fellow employee said he believes Constantine had stopped by the show and was heading toward his home on Patten Street when he was hit.

“Our family is mourning the loss of our best friend and brother,” the Herbal Tea & Tobacco Facebook page states.

The company’s Facebook page was updated earlier this month to feature photos of Constantine.

He is survived by his daughter, Kaya, described as “the light of his life” in his obituary in the Bangor Daily News.

Giles was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and bail later was set at $10,000 unsecured, Sgt. Paul Edwards said. She spent about two hours in jail and was released on $60 personal recognizance bail, a jail official said.

Giles is scheduled to have her first court appearance Sept. 12.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story contained an incorrect date for the hit-and-run which killed Joshua R. Constantine.

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