April 23, 2018
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Pregnant Bangor woman remains behind bars a week after allegedly hitting boyfriend with car

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A pregnant Bangor woman who allegedly hit her boyfriend with her car last Tuesday remains behind bars, unable to post bail set at $10,000, a Penobscot County Jail official confirmed.

Taneika Belote, 21, was arrested by Bangor police shortly after 6 p.m. April 22. She reportedly ran into and injured 33-year-old Rodrigo Ramirez — her former boyfriend and reportedly the father of her unborn child — at the Riverview Motel on State Street, according to police reports.

Belote was charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, domestic violence reckless conduct and driving to endanger.

Also arrested were Ramirez, who was the subject of an active warrant, and Joshua Pelkey, 25, who police described as a local transient.

Pelkey, who was at Belote’s apartment when the incident occurred and who was wanted on three active warrants, was charged with unlawful possession of oxycodone and trafficking in prison contraband.

When officers arrived at the motel, witnesses said that Belote had hit Ramirez, and he had run around to the back of the building. Police searched the nearby woods but found no one.

As police prepared to check Belote’s apartment, Ramirez exited. He was taken into custody, then taken to the hospital to be checked out before going the to county jail.

When police entered the apartment shortly after, Pelkey was heard running from the bedroom to the bathroom, police said.

Pelkey came downstairs after being ordered to do so several times, police said.

When police checked the bathroom, a small black handgun and small folding knife was found.

Police said that while Ramirez was being examined at the hospital, he told them that he believed Pelkey was having a sexual relationship with Belote and that he had gone to Belote’s apartment to speak with her before she struck him with her car.

Police said that Ramirez also said Pelkey had drugs in the apartment. A search warrant was obtained for Belote’s apartment and car, police reports indicated.

During the search, police found a black backpack containing a glass pipe with burned marijuana residue inside and a plastic bag of marijuana on the bed upstairs.

Police also said that a canvas bag was discovered in a bag of clothes containing a variety of contraband, including crack pipes, steel wool filters and small baggies of what appeared to be marijuana.

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