BANGOR, Maine — A 30-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to charges related to an altercation with a former girlfriend last year and the theft of a Chevrolet Camaro last month.
In a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, Lucus Qualey of Bangor was sentenced to six months in jail on one count each of domestic violence assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle, both misdemeanor crimes. He also was ordered to pay $300 in restitution for damage to the car.
No contest pleas result in convictions.
In exchange for Qualey’s pleas, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, agreed to dismiss a felony charge of domestic violence assault, and other charges of domestic violence terrorizing, operating under the influence of intoxicants and violation of a condition of release.
Qualey’s jury trial before Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Warren Silver was scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The domestic violence charges stemmed from a March 2, 2013, incident that occurred on the dance floor of the former Barnaby’s nightclub at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor, according to Roberts. One charge was elevated to felony level because of Qualey’s prior criminal history.
Qualey was free on $3,500 cash bail when he was arrested July 24 for allegedly stealing a Chevrolet Camaro from a Bangor residence and driving it onto Interstate 95, where he ditched it in Old Town before fleeing into the nearby woods, according to a previously published report.
The series of incidents that led to Qualey’s arrest last month began about 3:45 p.m., July 24, when a Milford Street resident reported his Camaro had been stolen from his driveway, according to Bangor police. A short time later, witnesses reported the same vehicle operating erratically on I-95, the release said. Witnesses reported the vehicle then stopped on the side of the highway — about a mile north of the Stillwater exit in Old Town — and the male driver ran into the woods.
Bangor police Officer Jason Linkletter and his tracking dog, Lex, went to the area and eventually found Qualey and took him into custody, police said last month.
Qualey faced up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 on the charges of which he was convicted. If he had been convicted of the felony domestic violence assault charge, Qualey would have faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
He has been held at the Penobscot County Jail, where he is expected to serve his sentence, since his arrest last month on the car theft charge.
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