FARMINGTON — Two snowmobilers were arrested Wednesday in connection to a fight that occurred after they woke up a resident and his child earlier at a residence on Trestle Avenue in Kingfield with noise from snowmobiles they were driving, according to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr.

Eric Eaton Franklin County Detention Center

Deputy Andrew Morgan responded to Trestle Avenue for a report of an assault at 3:o8 a.m.

Following an investigation, Morgan arrested Eric W. Eaton, 22, and Matthew T. Ross, 20, both of Kingfield, on a charge of aggravated assault.

A 36-year-old man tried to confront three snowmobilers who were riding snowmobiles early Wednesday in a field behind his house and tried to yell at them asking them to stop their activity. However, the men continued to ride in the field and then left toward a residence on West Kingfield Road, Nichols said.

The snowmobilers were not on the alleged victim’s property.

The resident then got in his vehicle with his child and went to West Kingfield Road to find the men who were allegedly responsible for the noise to again ask them to cease riding the snowmobiles so early in the morning.


Words were exchanged at the West Kingfield Road residence and the Trestle Avenue resident was allegedly assaulted by two of the three men, according to Nichols.

Matthew Ross Franklin County Detention Center

A NorthStar EMS ambulance responded to Trestle Avenue to administer first aid to the alleged victim. He had injuries to his face, Nichols said. Later in the day he went to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington to have his injuries checked out.

The third snowmobiler was not charged.

Eaton is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $500 and a supervised release agreement and Ross is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash, on Thursday afternoon at the Franklin County Detention Center.

A conviction on the assault charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $20,000 fine.

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