AUBURN — A Lewiston woman accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at cars, leading police on two high-speed car chases and running over her ex-boyfriend's foot denied all charges in court Thursday.
Heather Kullson, 21, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court with her attorney, James Howaniec. She answered “not guilty” when asked to plead to eight charges, including:
* Arson, punishable by up to 30 years in prison;
* Two counts of criminal use of explosives, each punishable by up to five years in prison;
* Aggravated assault, punishable by up to 10 years in prison;
* Two counts of eluding an officer, each punishable by up to five years in prison;
* Aggravated criminal mischief, punishable by up to five years in prison.
She also was charged with driving to endanger, a misdemeanor.
She is on supervised release and free on $5,000 cash bail.
Howaniec said Kullson has been doing “very well,” working and going to school.
He told a judge at his client's initial appearance at 8th District Court in Lewiston that Kullson strongly denied lighting or throwing Molotov cocktails. He said she is a good college student and young mother who had never been in trouble with the law, other than a traffic stop, and had never been treated for mental illness.
Howaniec said Kullson suffered a head injury during military boot camp when she was about 18 and her parents had seen behavioral issues since then.
Lewiston police said Kullson was retrieving her belongings at a Walnut Street apartment after she broke up with her boyfriend because she wouldn't bail him out of jail. She ran over his ankle as he brought some of her things out to her car, police said.
She sped off, but returned, police said. Her boyfriend said she threw a lighted bottle from her car window, drove up the street and back again, and threw another one, according to police.
Lewiston police said they spotted Kullson's Honda near Howe Street and tried to stop her, but she took off. Police pursued her for several minutes through Lewiston and Auburn, with speeds reaching 100 mph, according to court documents. Police called off the chase due to concerns over public safety.
Police found her car again half an hour later in the area of Birch and Pierce streets. Officers pursued her again, this time involving Lewiston and Auburn police, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department and Maine State Police. She was stopped in Poland about 20 minutes later and arrested.