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Friday Vehicle Stop by State Police Was An Intoxicated, Fugitive Driver in a Stolen Vehicle

Well, you know it’s probably not so good when a pickup truck winds up in a traffic median after being pursued by by State Troopers. Turns out the previously reported vehicle stop involved a fugitive from Maine, intoxicated, driving a stolen pick-up truck from New Jersey.

And according to press reports, before this guy was arrested in Rye on Friday, he had been pursued at high speed by police in New Jersey after witnesses reported he assaulted a female victim. Other reports show he was arrested for burglary in Maine this past December. Clearly, not an upstanding citizen.

Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME, was “processed as a Fugitive from Justice (out of State) and subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree; both Class A Misdemeanors, and Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree; all Unclassified Misdemeanors.”

POLICE STOP-Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME

(PHOTO: Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME. Courtesy: South Portland Police Department)

See the full statement from the State Police:

“Fugitive from Maine driving a stolen truck, arrested for DWI and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer following a pursuit on the Thruway.

Rye, NY – On April 24, 2020, at approximately 12:35 p.m., State Police stopped a vehicle on I-95 in the city of Rye for a vehicle and traffic violation. Before Troopers could approach the vehicle, the operator sped off and a brief pursuit ensued, during which time it was determined that the 1996 Dodge Ram pick-up truck was stolen out of New Jersey. The vehicle exited the Thruway and the pursuit ended when the driver struck an earth embankment in the area of Hillside Road and Ridge Street, in the city of Rye.

The driver, Paul D. Grandmaison, 41, of Portland, ME, was determined to be intoxicated, had a suspended license, and was wanted out of the State of New Jersey for aggravated assault. He was transported to White Plains Hospital by Port Chester EMS for minor injuries sustained in the crash, where he submitted to a blood test.

Once treated and released, Grandmaison was transported to SP Tarrytown where he was processed as a Fugitive from Justice (out of State) and subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree; both Class A Misdemeanors, and Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree; all Unclassified Misdemeanors.

Grandmaison was arraigned and remanded to Westchester County Jail. He is due back in the City of Rye Court at a later date.”

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