DIXFIELD – Dixfield and Mexico police arrested two people on burglary and other charges Friday.

Lorin M. Richards, 33, of Forest Avenue, Rumford, was arrested early Friday morning, July 28, on charges of operating under the influence, operating after suspension, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, residential burglary, burglary of a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief, according to a news release issued Monday by Dixfield officer Mark Dow.

Richards’ passenger, Erik Scott Perry, 35, of Weld Street, Dixfield, was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and violation of bail conditions.

Both were transported to Oxford County jail.

Prior to the arrests by Dow, Mexico police officer Dustin Broughton had stopped the older model Chevrolet Blazer driven by Richards on Route 2 near Naples Packing in Mexico. The Blazer backed into Broughton’s cruiser, causing nearly $1,500 damage, said Mexico Police Chief Jim Theriault. The Blazer was not damaged.

The Blazer was stolen from a Weld Street apartment complex at about 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

In another police matter, an early morning accident involving a rental truck along Route 2 on Monday resulted in detours to traffic for about an hour.

Dixfield police Chief Richard Pickett said Jason M. Spencer, 22, of Furbush Road, Sabattus, was driving a 2005 Isuzu rented from Ryder Truck at 7:30 a.m. when he apparently tried to dodge a rock in the road. When he veered to miss the rock, the truck tires entered the soft shoulder, causing Spencer to lose control of the truck. The vehicle flipped over, then came to rest on the driver’s side. The truck, owned by Ed Chapman Inc., Washington Street, Auburn, sustained about $2,000 damage. A rack of doughnuts was also destroyed. Spencer was not injured.

Pickett said two wreckers hauled off the truck. Traffic was detoured by members of the public works department onto Old Route 2.

-Eileen M. Adams

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