PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A 52-year-old Maine man is appealing his conviction on an attempted murder charge for trying to kill a police officer by ramming his cruiser with a dump truck during a high-speed chase.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday will hear arguments from an attorney for Bartolo Ford, who contends the trial judge should have instructed the jury on self-defense and intoxication.
Ford was convicted in 2010 and ordered to serve nine years in prison.
During trial, police testified they confronted Ford after he stole concrete cylinders from a business in Auburn. Ford then fled in the dump truck and rammed two police cruisers during the chase.
Ford said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was having a flashback at the time of the chase.
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