Monday, March 10, 2014
From staff and news services
Spike mat ends high-speed chase through Windham
A driver of a stolen car led police on a high-speed chase through Windham that ended at Whites Bridge Road when police deployed a spike mat.
Police took Philip Audet, 28, of Cumberland Avenue in Portland, into custody after Windham police were notified by OnStar, the car security company, that a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze reported stolen in Portland was headed west on Route 302 just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Police tried to pull over the car near the traffic circle at Route 202 but Audet accelerated, reaching speeds of 70 or 80 mph, police said.
A deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deployed a spike mat ahead of the car, which deflated its tires.
Audet was charged with driving under the influence, theft, driving without a license, driving to endanger, eluding police and criminal speed.
Police issued Audet a summons to appear in court and he was immediately taken to a local hospital because he told police he had ingested heroin just before he was apprehended, police said.
Some motorists who were uninvolved in the chase also drove over the spike mats and had their tires damaged, police said.
Windham Lt. David DeGruchy said the people whose tires were damaged were communicating with the county about reimbursement, but that the two agencies would discuss responsibility at some point in the future.
Poland man, Chelsea woman arrested on drug charges
Two people were arrested on drug charges after a police stop Wednesday night on Route 26A in Gray.
Adam S. Uldall, 32, of 738 Bakerstown Road in Poland, and Ashley Johnson, 24, of 3 Allen Ave. in Chelsea, were each charged with two counts of possession of a schedule W drug after they were stopped about 11:45 p.m.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a vehicle traveling north on the Maine Turnpike was carrying illegal narcotics, according to Capt. Don Goulet. A gold-colored 1999 Chrysler 300 was stopped on the Route 26A bypass in Gray and searched by a police dog team.
Goulet said deputies discovered 100 tablets of Oxycodone and 28 bags of heroin. Deputies also seized $1,300 in cash.
Uldall and Johnson are being held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland pending arraignment.
Motorcyclist outraces police in chase through 3 towns
A Sanford man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly leading police on a high-speed motorcycle chase in York County.
Anthony Gallant, 23, of 25 Old Post Lane, was arrested after a 10-mile chase that reached speeds of more than 80 mph, according to York County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy William King.
A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Gallant at 4:44 p.m. on Milton Mills Road in Acton after Gallant’s motorcycle was seen traveling more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit. King said Gallant refused to stop and accelerated instead.
The motorcycle fled for 10 miles through Acton, Shapleigh and Lebanon before police left off the chase because the rider’s operation endangered the public and himself, King said. Police identified Gallant as the driver and he later surrendered to police.
Gallant was charged with eluding an officer and passing a police roadblock, both Class C crimes. He posted $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court on Nov. 27.
State police and North Berwick police assisted with the chase before it was called off.
Homeless man, 35, charged in connection with robbery
Police charged Moss McCole, a 35-year-old homeless man from Portland who was recently released from jail, in connection with a bank robbery Wednesday in Harrison.
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