Auburn Police arrest two men in connection to separate drag racing incidents that led to crashes


AUBURN — Four area people are charged in connection with two separate drag racing incidents on Center Street, both resulting in accidents and one seriously injuring an innocent driver.

On Monday, Shawn Pelletier, 21, and Steven Harris, 24, both of Lewiston, were each issued a summons on a charge of driving to endanger after an accident shortly before noon Monday on Center Street.  Pelletier, who initially fled the scene of the crash, was also arrested and charged with violation of conditions of release.

Harris and Michael Dozois, 31, also of Lewiston, were transported to Central Maine Medical Center after the crash. Both men were listed in satisfactory condition Monday evening.

According to Auburn police, Pelletier and Harris were racing on Center Street in Auburn when Harris’ Honda Civic collided with a Dozois’ Hyundai as he exited the Pep-Boys parking lot. Harris had to be extricated from his vehicle by Auburn firefighters.

According to the Auburn police, Dozois and Harris were transported to Central Maine Medical Center, where both are listed in satisfactory condition.

A press release issued by police also reported a separate street racing incident Friday night, also on Center Street, that ended in a crash. The drivers of both vehicles in the Friday night incident were also charged.

The police reported that vehicles driven by Andrew Hall, 21, of Lewiston, and Rose Goupil, 19, of Turner, were racing north on Center Street on Friday night when Hall’s vehicle went off the road when he failed to negotiate a left turn onto Townsend Brook Road.

Hall was arrested on charges of criminal speed and violation of conditions of release, and Goupil, who initially left the scene, was later located and given a summons on a charge of criminal speed.