Auburn man denies charges in what police say is racial road rage

Getchell arraignment
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Matthew Libby, left, addresses active retired Justice Robert Clifford in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn on Thursday morning while representing Adam J. Getchell, right. Getchell is accused of making racist remarks during a road rage incident in July.

AUBURN — A city man charged in a civil suit with violating Maine's Civil Rights Act pleaded not guilty Thursday to related criminal charges stemming from what police said was a racially charged road rage incident.

Adam J. Getchell, 30, entered not guilty pleas to two felony and two misdemeanor counts in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Getchell will continue to be free on his own recognizance and was ordered to have no contact with Matthew Wooten Jr., 19, the man police identified as the victim.

Prosecutors said Getchell spewed racial epithets at Wooten, beat on his car and threw objects at him while the two were driving in traffic in July.

Getchell was charged by an Androscoggin County grand jury with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and aggravated criminal mischief, each felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Getchell also was charged with intentional interference with civil rights and driving to endanger.

According to a civil complaint filed by the Attorney General's Office against Getchell, he drove a pickup truck on July 11 in front of a car driven by Wooten, who was on East Avenue on his way home.

Getchell sped past Wooten, then cut in front of his car repeatedly, the complaint said.

The two continued over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge toward Auburn. Getchell pulled alongside Wooten and began throwing things, including what appeared to be tools and a bottle of perfume at Wooten, the complaint said.

As Wooten attempted to pass to the right of Getchell, Getchell drove his truck into Wooten's car, hitting it at the rear of the driver's side. Wooten struck his head from the impact.

Wooten called 911 on his cellphone and followed Getchell into a parking lot on Center Street. Getchell got out of his truck carrying a club and yelled, “I'll fight you, n-----!” and used other racial epithets, the complaint said.

Getchell beat the front and trunk of Wooten's car with the club. A police officer appeared as Getchell brandished the club. Getchell said Wooten had confronted him and he was trying to defend himself. He continued to use racial slurs as he spoke with the officer, the complaint said. He was arrested and taken away in a cruiser.

Wooten told police Getchell mouthed: “I'm going to kill you,” as he was driven away.

State prosecutors are seeking an injunction against Getchell to prevent him from having any contact with Wooten.

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Eric  LeBlanc's picture

Maybe you mental midgets should know all the facts

Maybe you mental midgets should know all the facts before endorsing violent retribution. The guy clearly has racist tendencies but none of us have any idea what may have started this confrontation. You people make me sick. Take your witch hunt elsewhere.

They want to subject violence

They want to subject violence towards violent offenders, doh!

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

Something isn't right

If someone is attacking you, using their vehicle as a deadly weapon, do you then follow him into a parking lot? That doesn't make sense.

As for community service, don't let him near other people at all, nor the victim if it turns out that this was something different than what is being portrayed.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

This guy is beyond community sevice........

I think he needs a few years in a facility that won't allow his imagination to portray him as the biggest meanest fish in the tank. In other words, someplace that will educate him in the art of humbleness. So long as he gets his own butt kicked a few times..............

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

How about incarceration with

How about incarceration with a diverse population.

Whitney King-Buker's picture

community service

This man (Getchell) should have to do mandatory community service with local school groups/YWCA. This type of ignorant and dangerous behavior should not be tolerated.

Gerry Thompson's picture

You

think he should be working with children? Perhaps a different kind of community service would be better

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

Amen Gerry, I wouldn't want

Amen Gerry, I wouldn't want him near my kid.

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