GARDINER, Maine — A Portland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 295 on Tuesday.

Andre Hicks, 27, had been a passenger in a car driven by his girlfriend, Michelle Bourget, 23, also of Portland, when the pair were stopped by Trooper Mark Ferreira for speeding, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

As Hicks was being searched outside the car, he lowered his shoulders and slammed the trooper into the travel lane of the highway, McCausland said.

Other motorists stopped to assist, and Ferreira was able to subdue Hicks and handcuff him. A search of the car allegedly turned up $10,000 in cash, oxycodone pills, heroin and marijuana.

Hicks was charged with assaulting a police officer, possession of heroin, criminal mischief, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. Bourget also was arrested, and she was charged with Suboxone possession.

The pair were taken to Kennebec County Jail.

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