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  • Anonymous

    When the BDN gets multiple uses out of your mugshot, you might want to make some changes in your life.

    • As soon as I saw the police beat on the side of the front web page, I thought to myself – that pic looks familiar!  I would have to agree with you 100% and hopefully he can/will want to make those changes for the better.  Obviously the previous jail sentences did not serve their purposes… what else can we offer this man to get his life straightened out?

  • Anonymous

    After reading the entire story…great work judges! Keep being so easy on this guy.

  • Sam Thomas

    Who would want to steal a Toyota Sienna for a joyride? I think there’s some truth to this evolution theory. More people are evolving into idiots quicker these days with less consequences. 

    • Anonymous

      As a minivan owner I often tell people that I stole it rather than admit that I bought one.

  • What a dirtbag.

  • Anonymous

     Well call us idiots…we had no way of knowing he was career criminal when it was on fire and everyone was desperate to save a human life. Next time we will get ID and do criminal back ground check before helping.

    • Anonymous

      You did the right thing Sam.

  • Anonymous

    There is a life lesson to be learned. He probably won’t learn anything from the incident. But maybe the owner of the vehicle will learn not to leave the keys in the ignition, especially in an unlocked vehicle. Let’s not make it too easy for characters like this.

  • This guy again?!?! Seems like I am reading about him every other week! Our justice system is so broken.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the commenters here need to understand something. We were all in our houses and hear a loud crash, so loud/ hard that it even shook the house. Many people came running out and jumped in to save this person. It was at an intersection that is often the scene of accidents do to folks not seeing the stop sign and the immediate response was save a life. It was a van, there could have been children or anyone for that matter. As folks were trying to get him out the car was smoking bad and no one could break a window. People had to keep running away and dive back in just to breath. A wonderful woman came running with a hammer and a really big guy that was trying so hard to break the window grabbed it, smashed the window and dragged him out. This man, who ever he was, kept everyone calm and when some started yelling you can’t move him this man shouted we must or he will burn up. There were hero’s there and just because he ended up being a criminal it does not diminish the folks that stepped up. Within about 20-30 sec. of pulling him from the car it full on caught fire and even had an explosion. It was an awesome thing the way people all worked together and it even has restored my faith in humanity.

    • Anonymous

      I guess what I am saying is, this guy may be a criminal but please, please don’t take away from the hero’s that helped. I was never so proud when people working together accomplished this. It was like we had all planed and choreographed it ahead of time…LOL

      • Anonymous

        Good work and a very brave thing to do. What do people expect, that before you save someone from a burning car you’ll run a background check and just let that person burn if they don’t pass satisfactorily? All who tried to help this man should be commended.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent response from you and the others that pitched in to help save this person. Criminal or not, it really doesn’t matter one bit. You all did the right thing and I for one, am proud of all of you.

      • Anonymous

        I wish so much that the one really big guy that was working so hard could get the recognition he deserves. Several people stepped up but this guy was amazing. At one point someone shouted everyone back away, everyone did because it really seemed that it was hopeless, the fire was getting bigger. This guy, and a few others ended up jumping back in and did get him out…people were screaming because at that point it seemed we were all going to have to stand back a see this man burn knowing he was still alive.

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      I was the one that took out the window with the hammer and a big thanks to everyone else that helped pull him out of the vehicle. It was a group effort by a lot of us to get him out. I am a former firefighter and I didn’t care that he stole the vehicle. All I saw was a man that was going to die if we didn’t move him from the vehicle and you are correct. As soon as we did get him out that vehicle went up quickly.

      Edit: Here is video of the van on fire. I didn’t take it but he had just been moved from the vehicle.

      At 37 seconds an officer tries to extinguish the flames, it doesn’t work. At 1:45 there is a very loud explosion if you have your speakers on.

      http://youtu.be/MCEQOivRHJ8

      • Anonymous

        That was you ! I was the blonde that was standing with the woman that ran the hammer over to you. We were looking around frantic to find something to hand you and this lady just shouted she had a hammer….You did great ! When people said not to move him and you shouted that he had to get out…you were so right. Better off alive and damaged than burned to death. You were awesome ! You even managed a bit of crowd control…LOL

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          I don’t remember you as it was a pretty hectic scene and a lot of people did a great job. It was a group rescue effort and yes, I was yelling to get him out. I know that older lady meant well when she was screaming don’t move him but we had no choice. I wasn’t going to stand around and watch a man burn to death regardless of his past or that he was drunk and stole a vehicle.

          Thanks for the kind words though but a lot of others did an outstanding job too.

          • Anonymous

             I totally agree :-)

      • Anonymous

         Also, did it feel like forever before police and then fire came ? I know time feels longer when this stuff happens but all I kept thinking was WHERE ARE THEY . I know it was like 6 or 7 minutes or about before one showed up. Not long but when there is a fire involved you just want them there in 20 seconds…job well done by ALL out there, and yes, you were the stand out for me…great job !

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          It took about 6 minutes before the first officer arrived and we had him out by then and then another few minutes before fire arrived. My thoughts where on getting him out though. When this type of stuff happens my prior training kicks back in and again, thanks for the kind words.

      • c ralston

        I really want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you, i know my brother has some problems and has been making some bad decisions but because of you i will not bei flying to maine for a funeral.

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          I cannot speak for the entire group that took place in the rescue but you’re welcome. I never stopped for once to think about what this man might had done. I only saw a man who was going to die if we didn’t take action. Maybe this will be his wakeup call, maybe it won’t but regardless of his past he did not deserve to burn to death last night.

          • c ralston

            I agree. Its funny hearing “this man”. I am 30 and he is my little brother, I seriously pray that after all this- he wakes the heck up. I havent had much contact with him in the past few years and Im afraid it may be too late, he is facing a lot of serious charges. Im unsure of how he is doing right now. I live in michigan and it is hard to get info on a situation like this. He really did some damage to himself, last i knew he was unconcious after having his spleen removed. The question i have is was he awake after the crash when you pulled him from the van?

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            He never lost complete conscious. He went in and out of it at times because the cabin was filled with smoke and it was thick. When he was removed he was conscious but you could tell he didn’t know where he was. Everyone did a great job in keeping him awake, even though he was not very alert. As for injuries he didn’t look horrible but the internal injuries are what can kill you.

            What helped him live last night other than us is how he hit the tree. He hit it dead center with the van. If he had impacted on the driver’s side only I doubt he would have survived the impact. The van bounced a good foot off the tree.

            I wish the best for you and your family right now and I hope your brother can turn his life around. He was given his second chance at life last night.

          • c ralston

            I know that he had some pretty bad internal injuries. Also that his right leg is pretty much destroyed. Its gonna take alot of reconstruction to the bones to fix it. His femur was shattered. I know people may say he is a criminal and he doesent deserve a chance but what people forget is the others that are impacted. i havent ever been in any trouble and have been tore apart by all of this. The hardest is knowing that he is there all alone. He has a son, he is almost 2 yrs old. This affects quite a few people. I know he was intoxicated at the time and hopefully when he gets out of surgery, if everything works out for the best in the hospital, he realizes that he does have a second chance. I hope this is his wake up call. I once again, greatly appreciate you and the others who helped save his life.

          • Kevin_Of_Bangor

            I knew his leg was busted but I didn’t know how badly. Thank you for the medical updates and regardless of the fact he did this to himself I hope he can get his life together for the sake of his son and his family. At least he still has a family that cares for him. I wish you the best in the coming weeks.

          • c ralston

            imagine to my surprise, getting a phone call that my younger brother was in a bad wreck and it didnt look good. Then after not getting any info over the phone i googled this news website only to see what looks like michael. plastered all over. I am so embarassed.

          • Anonymous

             No need for embarrassment, your brother is making the bad choices. Lets hope that this helps him change his life around and you can be proud. Everyone that helped were so great and some folks even kept diving back in, with the threat of the fire possibly hurting them. Maybe if he can see that people cared no matter what choices he had made that will be something that helps him turn his life around. I am so proud of everyone that worked together and yes, Kevin was a big part of helping your brother, it was such a wonderful thing when he was finally freed and we knew at least he was not going to be hurt by the fire.I wish you and you brother the best and only great things from here on out. Thank you so much for the medical update.

      • Anonymous

         Ha, I just read my comments again and realized I refered to you as big…what I mean by that is you are a big guy, not fat, just a big guy. Hope I didn’t sound rude because I didn’t mean for it to come out that way. Heck, if I ever run into a tree the first person I want helping is you !

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          You didn’t sound rude at all and we all need to avoid the trees. They don’t move.

  • Anonymous

    k68, next time it could be you.

    • Anonymous

      Letter next time it could be you he runs over….If I witnessed someone speeding like that and crashing I would not try to save them. It said witnesses saw him driving crazy and doing 60-70 MPH. Either way if your happy you did the right thing great! I only meant to be more sarcastic. Don’t read into things so much you will get your feelings hurt.

      • Anonymous

        By the way I am sure tax payers are going to pay his medical bill as I am sure he isn’t insured.

        • Anonymous

          Any more kind remarks?

      • Anonymous

         Not one person there, as it is a residential street, had anyway of knowing anything about what happened before. It was people that showed up after that told the police that he had just come up State St. doing 70. Either way, I appreciate your sarcasm, if I read this I would think similar. Except I may say something like, sad he didn’t do himself in and save the tax payer some money…Don’t think I would call the rescuers idiots but each their own I guess.

        • Anonymous

          I am glad we could resolve this in a positive way :)

          • Anonymous

             LOL

      • Anonymous

        You wouldn’t save someone after they crash because they were speeding? What if that person was having some sort of medical emergency? Oh wait, maybe you look into your crystal ball and it tells you nope, no emergency just a silly criminal….
        What a wonderful human being you are….and we wonder how people lose faith in humanity!

        • Anonymous

          Relax! Sam and I solved our differences go climb back in the hole you came from! I have helped someone before in a crash and the child still died. It depends on what I witnessed obviously the people who did the rescue didn’t see what happened. I said if I saw the person speeding and driving like a fool I wouldn’t rescue them. That is my decision don’t like it too bad. By the way I am a wonderful human being and I bet in the face of danger you wouldn’t act. I have when I was in the 1st Gulf War and in a few other situations in my life but if I think someones driving like a jackarse I don’t see me wasting my time to pull them out of their predicament.

          • Anonymous

            Well you just proved that I was correct in my initial thoughts.
            You know absolutely nothing about me or what I would or wouldn’t do so don’t bother trying to make any pathetic bets there buster, you’d lose.

          • Anonymous

            Buster???? really???? To call someone buster you must be religous or old go ahead for once in your life cuss someone out tell them how you really feel. Trust me you will feel so much better and your ballz will drop.

          • Anonymous

            You assume way too much.

          • c ralston

            You are seriously a piece of work. Wishing my little brother would have been left to burn alive? May god have mercy on you.

      • c ralston

        your sarcasm doesnt sit well with me.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he will see the light and find Jesus.

  • His picture has restored my faith in humanity.

  • c ralston

    First off I have a couple things to say,
    Thank you so much to the people who helped pull Mike from that burning car, and i am very greatful that no one else was hurt. I am Michaels sister. I havent had much contact with him in the past five years or so but he is still my brother. I know he has made some bad decisions in his life and I pray to god that this incident will open his eyes. It really disgusts me to see people saying he should have been left there to die. No one deserves that. He is currently undergoing multiple surgeries to try to stabalize him, including removal of his spleen. I do not live in Maine and this is my first time hearing of his problems out there. From the bottom ofmy heart, no matter how mad and disappointed I am in him,i want to say thank you to those who helped save him from burning to death.

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