Man Accused Of Driving Into Ashland Parade, Injuring Firefighter
An Ashland man faces multiple charges after allegedly driving into a parade on Saturday, injuring a firefighter, and resisting arrest.
21-year-old Cody Durand is accused of driving recklessly, while trying to get through the Ashland Days Parade at around 10:30 Saturday morning. Several officers responded to the call, including members of the local and State Police, who were leading the parade. One member of the Ashland Fire Department, who was on foot, was struck by the vehicle. There's no word on how badly he was hurt.
Ashland Officer Laney Merchant and State Trooper Timmy Saucier caught up with Durand at the intersection of Main and Station Streets, where emergency responders providing traffic control were able to stop the vehicle and take the keys from Durand. Police say he resisted arrest, but was finally taken into custody with help from the Ashland Fire Department and Ambulance Service. He was placed in cuffs and leg restraints and taken to the Aroostook County Jail.
Durand faces a felony charge of Reckless Conduct with a Motor Vehicle, and misdemeanor charges of Assault, Driving to Endanger, and Refusing to Submit to Arrest. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.