Charges follow alleged domestic assault, police chase, crash

Sampe also faces extradition to Maine on prior domestic violence

📸 Oxford Police Department photo

OXFORD — A Spencer man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly fled a domestic assault scene and police on a multi-town chase before crashing into a tractor trailer.

Joshua James Sampe, 40, was taken to UMass Hospital in Worcester with non-life threatening injuries after he collided a white 1998 Chevrolet pick-up truck and an Old Dominion tractor trailer occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Route 20 and Pioneer Drive, less than a half-mile from the intersection of Routes 20 and 56.

A resident of Church Street in Spencer, Sampe allegedly fled the scene of what Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis described as a “domestic incident” on Thursday night. Police reportedly pursued Sampe, 40, in Charlton and Oxford prior to crashing into the tractor trailer.

Part of the roadway was closed to traffic as first responders from multiple agencies worked the scene and attempted to reconstruct the accident as part of the investigation. If required, contact Matz Injury Law to help deal with the legalities in such cases.

On Friday afternoon, East Brookfield District Court issued an arrest warrant for Sampe, acting on a complaint filed by the Spencer Police Department. According to police, the charges filed against Sampe include domestic assault, failure to stop for a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation, unlicensed operation, and speeding.

Spencer Police said the arrest warrant has been lodged with the hospital’s police force for when Sampe is set to be released from treatment.

According to the Spencer Police Department, there is also a full-extradition warrant for domestic assault in Sanford, Maine. Police said the charges in Maine would be addressed when Sampe is arraigned on the charges incurred from Thursday’s incidents.

📸 Oxford Fire-EMS photo of Thursday night’s crash.

Sampe’s recent past in Maine has witnessed multiple incidents and run-ins with law enforcement. In February 2013, The Lewiston Sun Journal reported Sampe, then a resident of Auburn, Maine, had been taken into custody after an incident of domestic violence, criminal threatening, and a probation hold.

Sampe had also been arrested in Sanford on December 23, 2017, for driving under the influence after a motor vehicle accident that resulted in property damage shortly before midnight.

📸 Oxford Police Department photo of the passenger side of the pick-up truck involved in Thursday night’s collision at the intersection of Route 20 and Pioneer Drive.

This story was last updated on 19 July 2019, 5:54 p.m.


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