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May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013
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Domestic violence homicide

BANGOR Bangor Police arrested David Coon, 50, of Bangor, for domestic violence homicide after the results of an autopsy. The cause of death is being withheld at this time.

Coon is charged with murdering the 49-year-old woman he was living with. Police were called to their Jefferson Street apartment on May 3, where a caller reported the woman had difficulties breathing. When police and rescue arrived they found the woman dead.

Coon was arrested the morning of May 6 and has been charged with murder. He is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

High speed chase ends in crash

OLD TOWN/MILFORD A Brewer man is facing several charges after reportedly leading police on a high speed chase and then crashing his car.

On May 4 around 12:24 a.m., Old Town Police received a request from the Penobscot County Deputy Jim Ellis to assist in locating a green sedan with a loud exhaust heading to Old Town from Milford. The driver had reportedly been stumbling as he walked, and the vehicle was racing up and down Call Road before being seen heading toward Old Town on Route 2.

When Sgt. Michael Hashey arrived in the downtown Old Town area, he heard a vehicle's engine revving and saw the car heading north on Route 2 at a high rate of speed. Hashey caught up to the vehicle in Milford and attempted to stop the driver, identified as Jason Cook, 32, has he turned onto Call Road and then into a trailer park. Cook did not stop, and headed back towards Old Town.

Officers pursued the vehicle on Center Street to Stillwater Avenue. The vehicle then changed directions and went down Stillwater Avenue to Main Street and then left onto Gilman Falls (Route 43), where Cook lost control and crashed on Route 43 near the Stagecoach Road in Alton, according to police. The vehicle left the road and struck several trees.

Officers found Cook, who appeared to be in serious condition. Officers assisted Cook until medical personnel arrived. He was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.  

Cook will face several charges, including criminal speed, driving to endanger, eluding an officer and violation of conditions of release.

Police are investigating to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors in the incident. The crash is being investigated by the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office with reconstruction being handled by the Bangor Police Department with the assistance of the Maine State Police.  

The Orono and Veazie police departments also assisted.

Your judgment may be impaired

ALTON While Penobscot County deputies were investigating the crash that resulted from the high speed chase through Milford and Old Town, they had cordoned off the area to assist in the rescue and reconstruction efforts. 

Despite the roads being barricaded with cruises that had flashing blue lights, a vehicle driven by Michael Coiley, 44, of Hudson, snaked around the barricade to continue on. Dep. Mike Knight stopped the vehicle and spoke with Coiley and noted signs of intoxication.

After failing field sobriety tests, Coiley was taken back to the Penobscot County Jail for an Intoxilyzer test, which indicated he was well over the legal limit to drive. He was charged with operating under the influence.

Bangor man arrested for Fourth Street Arson

BANGOR As a result of the investigation into a fire last evening on Fourth Street, Ernest Ray Ashlock, 57, of Bangor, has been arrested and charged with one count of class A felony arson. He is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, The Bangor Fire Department and the Maine State Fire Marshall's Office have been working together since the incident, and the investigation is ongoing. 

If anyone has information about this fire, please call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division or press 6 to leave an anonymous message on the Tip Line.

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