AUGUSTA — A Livermore Falls man needed two naloxone revivals after crashing his car into a utility pole on Prescott Road in Manchester Saturday morning while apparently under the influence of heroin, authorities said.

Jess Legendre, 31, who was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center for treatment and then to Kennebec County jail, made an initial court appearance Monday via video from the Kennebec County jail.

He is charged with operating after habitual offender revocation and falsifying physical evidence, both in connection with the crash.

Superior Court Justice John O’Neil set Legendre’s bail at $1,000 cash or, alternatively, $250 cash with a Maine Pretrial Services supervision contract.

An affidavit filed by Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Boudreau says Legendre had been driving a Chevrolet Impala on Prescott Road when he struck a utility pole, breaking it, and the vehicle ended up in a ditch.

Another affidavit by Deputy Jeremy York says that Legendre initially showed no signs of being impaired, but that Legendre became unresponsive shortly afterward as he sat in the passenger seat of the damaged vehicle, where he had been searching for documents.


Boudreau pulled him out of the car. “The male’s hands were blue, with a white substance in his right hand,” Boudreau wrote. “The male did not listen to commands but was speaking. His facial reaction was similar to someone who had just work up from a nap.”

Deputies handcuffed him, and Boudreau said he ran to his cruiser to get a Narcan Kit, which is an overdose reversal medication also called naloxone, since Legendre showed symptoms of an overdose. It was later administered to Legendre by an emergency medical technician at 10:50 a.m.

York wrote he then located two bags with what appeared to be a total of 48 grams of heroin in the area where Legendre had been rummaging around. Deputies also seized $707 in cash from Legendre’s pockets “due to the close proximity and belief that it was involved with possession and trafficking of the heroin.”

York wrote that rescue personnel found a small chunk of a brown substance in Legendre’s mouth, also believed to be heroin.

York, who followed the ambulance to the hospital, said Legendre refused to have blood drawn by hospital personnel and that at 1:02 p.m., hospital medical staff “had to administer another dose of naloxone to Jess.”

Legendre’s motor vehicle showed his driver’s license was revoked at the time of the crash as well as a 2009 conviction for operating under the influence, York wrote, and that Legendre also had a 2010 conviction for unlawful furnishing of drugs.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

Twitter: @betadams

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