PARIS – It was a routine committal to the Oxford County Jail, but it landed Norman A. Hightower, 25, of Norway in more hot water.

Hightower was booked at the Oxford County Jail on Tuesday to be held pending an appearance before a judge on a charge of violating conditions of his probation.

“There’s quite a few people on probation, and quite a few people violate the conditions,” said Joe O’Connor, assistant district attorney for Oxford County.

But besides the probation issue, Hightower had another strike against him. An arrest warrant issued by the Gorham Police Department listed charges of operating under the influence, operating after suspension, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The bail listed for these offenses is $25,000 cash or $50,000 worth of real estate.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident in Gorham on Sept. 10, 2006. According to Detective Lawrence Maxfield-Fearon of the Gorham Police Department, Hightower, then of Buckfield, had numerous prior suspensions and was under the influence at the time of the accident.

A 3-year-old child in the vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident.

Hightower was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 5, and the warrant for his arrest was issued later that month. The Gorham Police Department was notified of his arrest on Wednesday.

Hightower has been transferred to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where he is being held without bail.

A spokesman there said Thursday night that information on why Hightower was on probation was not readily available, however he was charged with violating it by being accused by Gorham police of those crimes and in another warrant charging aggravated driving to endanger.


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