November 14, 2013

Alfred man arrested after fleeing van crash

James Hobbs, 52, had four outstanding warrants.

By Leslie Bridgers
Staff Writer

A 52-year-old Alfred man with four outstanding warrants was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after he fled into the woods following a van crash in Limerick.

York County Sheriff Maurice Ouellette responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash around 4:30 p.m. on Sokokis Trail, near the Waterboro town line.

A blue 2001 Chevrolet Astrovan had crashed into the pole knocking power lines across the road and then had rolled over.

The sheriff’s department said James Hobbs, of Alfred and Ocala, Fla., was in the van, “conscious, but reportedly dazed,” and was treated by Limerick Rescue workers, then got out of the vehicle and fled into the woods.

He was followed by Deputy Tom Searway, who ordered Hobbs to stop. Still, he fled further, chased by Searway, who warned Hobbs that he was going to use a Taser.

That’s when Hobbs stopped and collapsed from exhaustion, the sheriff’s department said. He was taken to Maine Medical Center, released at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and taken to York County jail.

The sheriff’s department charged Hobbs with operating a motor vehicle after suspension, operating under the influence, habitual offender operating after suspension and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Hobbs’s outstanding warrants were for: failure to appear for operating under the influence and failure to stop for a police officer, failure to report after being released, failure to pay fines for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked, and failure to pay fines for operating under the influence and failure to stop for a police officer.

The first warrant requires Hobbs to serve four days in jail, after which he can post $4,170 for bail, the sheriff’s department said.

He is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on Friday.

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