Warren man accused of failing to stop for police, tossing gun

By Stephen Betts | Aug 02, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Ahmed Hirmoge

Rockland — A 31-year-old Warren man is being held without bail after he was arrested Thursday night, Aug. 1, accused of drunk driving, failing to stop for a Rockland officer, and tossing a gun out of the vehicle.

Ahmed M. Hirmoge remained in custody Friday at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal operating under the influence, unlawful possession of a drug, falsifying physical evidence, failure to stop for an officer, and violating a condition of release.

Hirmoge had been free on $1,500 cash bail at the time of the alleged offenses for a June 16 incident in which police say he broke into a Rockland home and threatened to kill the homeowner.

An affidavit filed Aug. 2 in the Knox County court by Rockland police reports that an officer spotted a vehicle operating erratically on Old County Road shortly after 11 p.m. The vehicle continued down Maverick Street before turning on to Birch Street, at which time the officer turned on his emergency blue lights and siren to try to get the driver to stop.

The vehicle continued along Broadway before stopping at a Rankin Street residence, according to the affidavit.

Hirmoge was immediately hostile, according to the officer's affidavit, and told his passenger, "They are going to kill us, bro."

The officer said he smelled alcohol from inside the vehicle.

When the officer was searching Hirmoge, after arresting him for OUI, he found $2,000 in cash on him. A loaded pistol magazine was also found in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. A third of a gram of cocaine was also found in the vehicle.

Hirmoge's blood alcohol level was 0.18, according to the affidavit, more than twice the state limit to be considered under the influence.

A gun that matched the loaded magazine was found on the side of the road along Rankin Street.

Hirmoge is classified as a felon because of a 2013 conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon in Maine Superior Court in Auburn.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said during a Friday hearing in Knox County Court that Hirmoge had a lengthy criminal record in Georgia and Minnesota, but Hirmoge said he had never been to Minnesota and that this person simply had the same name.

Justice Daniel Billings ordered him held without bail.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 03, 2019 11:59

Thankful to see the positive outcome to this very dangerous situation.  Police officers never know today what they are going to come up against.  Good choice, Justice Billings, hope to see more of this before there is a tragedy.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 03, 2019 08:50

He's a plus to the community.

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