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Criminal Mischief (02/28/2018)

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Chase leads to multiple charges

PRESQUE ISLE – A Presque Isle man faces numerous charges after a complaint of a gas drive-off led to a lengthy chase involving speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Feb. 25, the Presque Isle PD received a complaint of a gas drive-off and theft of goods from a store located on Main St. in Presque Isle. The suspect was identified as being George Peaslee of Presque Isle. Officers from PIPD proceeded to attempt to locate Peaslee in order to place him under arrest. At about 9:10 a.m., officers observed the vehicle being operated by Peaslee on Parsons St. and initiated a traffic stop. Troopers from Maine State Police Troop F, assisted with the stop.

During the stop, Peaslee advised that he was not going to get out of the vehicle and sped off. The State Troopers began pursuit. Peaslee was driving in a reckless and dangerous manner with speeds reaching more than 100 mph at times. Officers from the Caribou Police Dept. set up a spike mat and roadblock near the Caribou Motor Inn on Rt. 1 in Caribou. Peaslee did not stop and struck the spike mats causing three of his four tires to deflate. He turned on to South Main St. where Troopers conducted the PIT maneuver which immobilized the vehicle and caused it to stop.

Peaslee continued to be uncooperative and refused to exit his vehicle; his car windows were broken so that Peaslee could be extricated from the vehicle. He was taken into custody and his car was towed from the scene.

Peaslee was then transported to Caribou Police Dept. for processing and was then transported to the Aroostook County Jail. Both Peaslee’s vehicle and a State Police cruiser sustained minor damage. There were no injuries sustained.

Peaslee faces a long list of charges from both the Presque Isle Police Department and the Maine State Police. They are as follows:

Presque Isle PD:

Theft, Class C; Violation of Conditions of release X2, Class E; Eluding, Class C; Refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer, Class E.

Maine State Police:

Eluding, Class C; Driving to Endanger, Class C; Criminal Speed, Class E; Reckless Conduct, Class D; Refusing to submit to arrest, Class D; Passing a police roadblock, Class C; Violation of Conditions of release, Class E.

Train track driver faces charges

PORTLAND (AP) — Police in Portland say a driver who was trying to drive on railroad tracks now faces charges after his car got stuck on the tracks.

Portland Police Sgt. Jake Tinkham says the driver, whose name was unavailable as of press time, got his car stuck on the train tracks Sunday night. According to media reports, the driver has been issued a summons for driving to endanger.

Tinkham says the car blocked the railroad tracks for about 90 minutes before it could be towed, causing a delay in freight train traffic. He says normal service has resumed.

MSP chief moves on to new position

WATERVILLE – The longtime head of the Maine State Police is moving on to take a new position.

Robert A. Williams, head of the Maine State Police for the past seven years, has been named director of security at Colby College. His appointment follows an extensive national search. In his 33 years in law enforcement, Williams rose through the ranks, from trooper to ultimately being nominated by Governor Paul LePage to become colonel in 2011. Williams comes to Colby with extensive experience in emergency response planning, personnel management, and organizational development. He begins his work at Colby March 12.

“At a time when the security issues facing colleges and universities are increasingly complex, having a seasoned leader with experience in every aspect of protecting our communities will position Colby for continued strength,” said Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer Doug Terp. “Bob also demonstrates a keen ability to build relationships, which is an important element of this role. We look forward to welcoming him to Colby.”

Williams began his career in law enforcement in 1983 as a trooper for the Pittsfield Police Department. He later became a state trooper in Skowhegan for 11 years before rising to the position of sergeant. In 1998, he became lieutenant in the communications unit; in 2000 he rose to major, overseeing nine units. In 2007 Williams was named lieutenant colonel. His professional development experience includes crowd control and event security, team building and ethics, and extensive leadership training.

“As a native of central Maine, I have watched Colby continue to rise,” said Williams. “I am drawn to Colby’s commitment to excellence, something that I have continually worked toward as a member of the Maine State Police. After a full career in law enforcement, I am excited about the opportunity to interact with a whole new community.”

A graduate of University of Maine, Augusta, Williams earned a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Husson University. He also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is a longtime member of the Vassalboro Fire Department, where he has served on the board of directors since 1992.

At Colby, Williams will lead a staff of 40 employees and will manage and administer safety programming, facility security, compliance, training, emergency preparedness, and critical incident management. He will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents to promote a safe and secure environment.

A resident of China, Maine, Williams and his wife Joyce are the parents of two adult daughters with careers in healthcare.


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