Thomaston man pleads guilty to multiple charges after ramming wife’s vehicle

Posted July 24, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
Last modified July 24, 2013, at 4:34 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Thomaston man who police said rammed a car carrying his wife and two children will spend up to 60 days in jail if he refrains from further criminal behavior during the next year.

Phillip R. Arsenault pleaded guilty Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to felony domestic violence reckless conduct, three counts of domestic violence assault, driving to endanger, and violating a condition of release.

But under the agreement reached between the defense and district attorney’s office, Arsenault’s sentencing will be postponed for a year under a deferred disposition. If he refrains from criminal conduct and undergoes domestic violence counseling, the felony reckless conduct charge, one domestic violence assault and the driving to endanger charges will be dropped.

The agreement calls for him to be sentenced to a maximum of 60 days in jail but his attorney Philip Cohen can argue for less time.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody said Arsenault has a minor criminal history and has not been sentenced to jail previously.

An affidavit filed by police after the May incident stated that police investigated a report of a car crash on Broadway, about 50 feet from the driveway of the Arsenault home. The victim’s sport utility vehicle had extensive damage on the passenger side and Arsenault’s pickup truck had front-end damage.

Arsenault told police he was just “screwing off” and had simply attempted to drive in front of his wife’s vehicle when the crash occurred, according to the affidavit.

The couple’s 11- and 2-year-old daughters were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Arsenault had been free on bail at the time of the incident after being charged with domestic violence assault against the same woman in March.

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