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DRIVER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO RAM PATROL CAR

Police arrested a Mount Hope Road man at gunpoint early Sunday after he reportedly tried to ram a patrol car with his vehicle.

According to Sheriff's Deputy Michael Filicetti, a driver began following his patrol car "very closely" at 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Mount Hope Road.

Filicetti said he had to accelerate to 70 mph to avoid two attempts at ramming his car from behind. After the trailing vehicle pulled onto the shoulder of the road, deputies blocked the car and took the driver and his passenger into custody at gunpoint.

Filicetti said that the driver, Jeffrey R. Mt. Pleasant, 42, was "highly intoxicated" and staggered out of the vehicle. He later registered a 0.21 reading on a Breathalyzer test, over twice the legal limit defining intoxication.

Mt. Pleasant was charged with a battery of counts, including reckless endangerment, reckless driving, unreasonable speed, following too closely and having no inspection, insurance or registration.

He was also charged with felony driving while intoxicated after deputies learned that he had two previous drunken-driving convictions. He was also charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony.

Mt. Pleasant was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail pending a Lewiston Town Court appearance. The passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

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