PARIS — A Livermore Falls man who pleaded to several assault charges in 2008 admitted to violating his probation Thursday in Oxford County Superior Court.

Jason M. Merriam, 31, was caught drinking in September by Paris police Officer Harry Sims, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne. According to the arrest report, Sims saw Merriam in the parking lot of the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 looking intoxicated. Sims found a half-empty can of beer in Merriam’s truck. 

In 2008, Merriam pleaded no contest to aggravated assault, domestic assault, criminal threatening, and two counts of terrorizing. A charge of kidnapping was dismissed.

The charges stem from September 2007 in Sumner where Merriam’s 33-year-old girlfriend accused him of forcing her into his car to take her back to his apartment. She said Merriam slammed her head against the vehicle and steering wheel, choking her and threatening to kill her.

He served a three-year sentence and is on probation.

Beauchesne said Merriam’s probation has gone “extremely well” aside from the drinking incident, and asked for no sanctions and that Merriam be allowed to continue his probation. The request was granted.

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