SKOWHEGAN — A Farmington Falls man who took police in Skowhegan and Fairfield on a high speed chase Feb. 7 has been indicted on five criminal charges by a Somerset County grand jury.

Ernest N. Nault, 43, is charged by the grand jury with eluding police and with passing a clearly identifiable police roadblock, both Class C felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison on each charge. He also is charged with criminal speed, operating after suspension and driving to endanger, all misdemeanors.

Nault was being pursued by Skowhegan police when he drove his Buick into Fairfield on U.S. Route 201, where police clocked him traveling at 103 mph, according to Fairfield Police Chief Tom Gould.

Police laid down a set of road spikes near the intersection of Route 201 and Ohio Hill Road, where Nault drove over the road spikes with such speed that the cord used to drag the spikes off the road broke. With all four of the Buick’s tires deflated, Nault pulled over and surrendered to police. No one was hurt.

A grand jury indictment is not a finding of guilt, but indicates there is enough evidence to bring a case to trial.

Also indicted by the grand jury were:


• Brian P. Ouellette, 43, of Oakland, charged with trafficking, furnishing and illegal possession of the drugs oxycodone and adderall, all felonies, and with two misdemeanor counts of drug possession and one count of violating the conditions of release. All of the charges are alleged to have happened Jan. 13 on Bigelow Hill Road in Norridgewock.

• Bronson P. Bateman, 41, of Harmony, charged with aggravated failure to notify law enforcement of a serious all-terrain vehicle accident July 5 in Harmony. The accident happened at the intersection of North Road and Cooley Road, according to court records.

• Matthew D. Cyr, 26, of Skowhegan, charged with possession of heroin, Nov. 14 in Skowhegan.

• Brett A. Ward, 22, of Skowhegan, charged with theft, with priors, Sept. 23 in Skowhegan.

• Adam S. Price, 32, of Skowhegan, charged with theft, with priors, Jan. 12 in Skowhegan.

• Rebecca Lee, 39, of Wayne, charged with burglary and theft, Oct. 2 in Smithfield.


• Corey A. Jacques, 29, of Bingham, charged with domestic violence assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact, Nov. 19 in Bingham.

• Raymond R. L’Italien, 49, of Jay, charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and with fraudulently obtaining a hunting license, Nov. 7 in Elm Stream.

• Elizabeth J. Anthony, 32, of Pittsfield, charged with theft and seven counts of misuse of identification, Oct. 22 in Pittsfield.

• Deborah A. Bashaw, 51, of Dexter, charged with theft, with priors, Jan. 4 in Palmyra.

• Jeffrey E. Eaton Jr., 27, of Waterville, charged with operating after revocation, Feb. 5 in Norridgewock.

• Matthew T. Cooley, 28, of Anson, charged with violation of a protection from abuse order, domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing, all with priors, Dec. 4 in Anson.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 [email protected] Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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