FARMINGTON — A Rumford man who was the driver of a vehicle in a crash that killed a Dixfield man and injured two people on May 31 in Weld, was driving drunk and speeding, according to Maine State Police.

Ethyn Eric Boutte, 18, formerly of Dixfield, who was injured along with a 17-year-old girl, was arrested Monday by state police Trooper Reid Bond at Boutte’s home in Rumford on a felony charge of aggravated operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs, resulting in death.

Additional charges are expected, according to a news release from Bond.

Griffyn Smith, 19, of Dixfield, a rear-seat passenger in the 2005 Toyota Corolla registered to Buotte, died at the scene after the car went off West Side Road in Weld, hit a tree and rolled over at about 11:30 p.m. May 31, according to a June 1 state police news release.

Smith was a 2016 graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield and a 2018 graduate of Central Maine Community College in Auburn.

While in high school, Smith was a four-time state wrestling champion.


According to Bond, Specialist Michael Pion completed a crash reconstruction and concluded that the vehicle was traveling 71 mph prior to the crash in a posted 35 mph zone of West Side Road. A blood sample was taken from Buotte after the crash and was tested by the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta. The results of the test determined that Buotte’s blood-alcohol level was 0.138 percent.

The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content.

Buotte was released Monday on $2,500 cash bail from the Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington.

He is scheduled to appear in a Farmington court on Sept. 25, according to the Franklin County online booking log.

A conviction on the OUI charge carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine.

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