May 25, 2019
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Deer Isle man charged with Sedgwick road-rage assaults

Hancock County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Hancock County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Richard Bubar, 43, of Deer Isle

A Deer Isle man charged with assaulting a Sedgwick family after they complained he squealed his tires near their house “has clear anger issues,” a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Richard Bubar, 43, was charged late Tuesday with Class B aggravated assault for attacking four members of the same family at their home on Graytown Road, Maine State Police said. The family suffered minor injuries.

Bubar appeared in court on Wednesday in connection to the July 28 incident and was released on $2,000 bail afterwards.

Family members told investigators the assault came after one of them approached the pickup truck to ask the driver, later identified by police as Bubar, to stop peeling his tires, state police said.

During a brief court appearance Wednesday in Ellsworth, Bubar told Judge Michael Roberts that he has a substance use disorder and asked to be granted bail, so he can continue his work as a lobsterman and hire a defense attorney.

“I’d like to get some chemical dependency help right away,” he said.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples argued that Bubar, who was on bail for violating a protection order when the alleged assaults occurred on Sunday, should have a new bail of $10,000 cash.

“This was a terrible assault,” she told Roberts. “We’re scared of Mr. Bubar’s clear anger issues.”

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Investigators had difficulty finding Bubar because his newly registered pickup truck was not yet on record with the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles, according to Lt. Roderick P. Charette of Troop J of Ellsworth.

They later traced the truck to a town office that connected the vehicle to Bubar on Wednesday, Charette said.

Bubar was convicted of several misdemeanors between 1997 and 2005 in Brewer, Ellsworth, Lewiston and Orono, including five counts of assault, two counts each of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and violating conditions of release, and a single count of operating under the influence. He served almost two years in prison and paid $3,137 in restitution or fines during that time, according to state records.

A Class B felony carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

BDN writer Bill Trotter contributed reporting from Ellsworth.

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