Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Kennebec Journal Staff
AUGUSTA — Police are searching for the operator of mid-1990s Jeep Cherokee who fled a traffic stop at 8:18 p.m. Thursday and left the vehicle upside down in Bond Brook.
Lt. Christopher Massey of the Augusta Police Department said an officer attempted to stop the Jeep for a defective tail light on Mount Vernon Avenue and, instead of stopping, the driver sped off behind College Carry-Out.
Officers began searching the baseball fields behind the store and behind Augusta Florist and located tire tracks going into the stream.
They found the vehicle on its roof in the stream with only the tires sticking out, Massey said.
"There were no signs anyone had gotten out, and they were concerned people might still be in there,” Massey said.
Two rescue swimmers searched the stream but couldn't determine if anyone was inside the Jeep.
“Because of flow of water, they couldn’t open windows or doors,” he said.
KDT Towing & Repair Inc., was called to lift the car from the water, and no one was found inside, Massey said.
The incident remains under investigation, and police ask that anyone with information about who was driving call officer Adam Moody at 626-2370.
Augusta firefighters were called to assist at the scene. Emergency workers were at the site for about two hours.