ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockport man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian in January and then leaving the scene without stopping is claiming police violated his rights when they eventually apprehended and interviewed him.
A motion has been filed in Knox County Superior Court on behalf of 40-year-old Jeremy S. Stone, who is charged with aggravated operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and illegal attachment of plates.
Killed in the crash was 35-year-old Daniel F. Cormier, who was struck from behind on the evening of Jan. 30 while walking on the side of Camden Street, near Pizza Hut. Cormier was wearing dark clothing, and it was dark and rainy at the time.
The motion by attorney Jonathan Handelman of Brunswick claims that Stone’s Miranda rights were violated by police and that the statements he made to law enforcement were not voluntary.
No hearing has been scheduled on the motion. He is next scheduled to appear in court on March 25 for a hearing to discuss the status of the case.
Stone has been held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland since his arrest the night of the crash, unable to raise the $20,000 cash bail set by Judge Patricia Worth.
According to police, officers were led to Stone by his ex-wife, who went to the scene of the crash and told officers that her husband had called her to say that he messed up and believed he hit someone. When police went to a residence in Rockland to speak to Stone, he allegedly admitted he had struck something but was not sure what it was because it was raining and visibility was poor. Stone said he did not stop because he panicked since he had illegally attached false registration plates on his Jeep Cherokee, according to the police affidavit.
Stone told police he had consumed three drinks of rum and ginger ale before leaving his residence, according to the affidavit. Stone also said he regularly takes Suboxone and Klonopin, which he is prescribed, according to the affidavit. The driver said, however, that on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most drunk, he believes he was at about a three, according to the affidavit.
There was front end damage to the Jeep, which was seized and towed from the Rockland mobile home park where he was found by police, according to the court document.
A blood alcohol test taken of Stone later that evening found his level at 0.09, according to the affidavit. A person is considered under the influence when the blood alcohol level is at or higher than 0.08. Stone told the officer that he had nothing to drink after the crash, according to the affidavit.