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Criminal Mischief (08/30/2017)

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High-speed chase in Sherman

SHERMAN – A high-speed chase in Aroostook County reached speeds well over 100 MPH before State Troopers were able to apprehend the driver.

Just before 7 p.m. on the evening of Aug. 24, Trooper Tim Saucier was monitoring northbound traffic on I-95 in Sherman when he clocked a vehicle traveling at 115 MPH. Saucier activated his emergency lights and siren and began to pursue the vehicle.

Eventually, he was able to catch up to the vehicle, but the operator refused to stop. The chase continued on I-95 as the pursued vehicles reached speeds of well over 100 MPH. Eventually, the vehicle exited at Island Falls.

Once the pursued vehicle left the interstate, it turned onto Route 159. It then traveled just a short distance before the operator lost control and crashed on a sharp turn.

Once the vehicle crashed, Trooper Saucier removed the driver and passenger from the vehicle and placed both of them under arrest.

The operator of the vehicle was 24-year-old Nathan Love of Minot. Love was arrested and charged with the following offenses: Criminal Speed, Failure to Stop for a Law Enforcement Officer, Operating Without a License, and Operating Under the Influence.

His passenger was 25-year-old Nathaniel Bourget of Millinocket. Bourget was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on an assault charge; in addition, he was also charged with Violating Conditions of Release.

There were no injuries in the crash. Both the operator and his passenger were taken to the Aroostook County Jail. The 2005 Chrysler Sebring was damaged in the crash and had to be towed from the scene.

Overpass assault

SIDNEY – Police are seeking information regarding a pair of incidents involving rocks thrown from a highway overpass in Sidney.

On the night of Aug. 16, a couple was traveling northbound and going under the Dinsmore Road overpass in Sidney when their vehicle was struck by an object.

One week later, on Aug. 23, a different couple and their eight-week-old infant were traveling northbound in the same area; as they went under the overpass, their windshield was struck by a rock.

The vehicle was a single cab pickup; the child and other occupants were covered in glass from the shattered windshield. The child was transported to the Hospital to get small shards of glass out of her ear.

Any information on possible suspects would be appreciated. It is believed the suspects are in the immediate area of the overpass. If you have information to convey, please contact Trooper John Lacoste at 207-624-7076.

Attempted haz-mat heist in Camden

CAMDEN – A man dressed in a haz-mat suit recently attempted to rob an armored car in Camden.

According to multiple reports, the alleged incident took place shortly after 9 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 28. A man wearing a black mask and a bright yellow outfit that strongly resembled a suit designed for dealing with hazardous materials approached a Brink’s armored truck in the parking lot of the Camden Hannaford.

The man allegedly attempted to open the rear door, which was locked. Following his inability to access the truck, the man – who did not display a weapon – fled the scene, running to the rear of the shopping center located on Route 1.

As of press time, the suspect was still at large. Multiple departments are involved with the search, including a K9 unit from the Belfast Police Department. Anyone with information regarding the situation is encouraged to contact the Camden Police Department at (207) 236-7967.

MDEA announces two drug busts

OAKLAND/BIDDEFORD – A total of three men were arrested recently as the result of two separate drug-related investigations.

On Aug. 24, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced arrests of two men in Oakland and a man in Biddeford in separate crack and heroin investigations.

Arrested in Biddeford was 28-year-old Tremayne A. McWilliams of 5 Pierson's Lane in Biddeford for Unlawful Trafficking in Drugs. For the past two months, MDEA agents from the York District Task Force conducted an investigation into cocaine sales in Greater Biddeford by McWilliams.
 
On Aug. 24, MDEA agents, Probation and Parole officers and Biddeford Police with a police dog served an arrest warrant and search warrant at McWilliams’ Biddeford home. McWilliams was taken into custody without incident and charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Drugs. McWilliams was on probation as a result of a 2016 drug conviction. 

The search of his home uncovered 235 grams of powder and crack cocaine, a loaded 357 magnum revolver and $38,027 dollars in suspected drug proceeds. The estimated street value of the seized drugs was $23,000.

McWilliams was taken to the York County Jail where bail was set at $50,000 cash. Additional charges are expected.

In Oakland, two men from Waterbury, CT were arrested Thursday following a seven-month investigation into the distribution of heroin and crack. The investigation was conducted by MDEA's South Central Office in Augusta, with the assistance of the Oakland and Waterville Police along with State Police,

Around noontime on Aug. 24, drug agents arrested Luis Miller Baez, 22, and Wilson Correa, 26, both of Waterbury, on Fairfield Street in Oakland following a traffic stop conducted by Oakland Police and State Police. 

The arrests were the result of several months of investigation that included the undercover purchase of heroin and crack cocaine from the two. Following the car stop, investigators located 24 grams of heroin, several grams of crack cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber handgun. The street value of the drugs seized was $6,000.

Both Baez and Correa were transported to the Kennebec County Jail. Baez has been charged with three counts of Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs and one count of Class B Trafficking in Schedule W drugs. His bail has been set at $850,000 cash. Correa was charged with one count of Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs. His bail was set at $250,000 cash. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely. 

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