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October 15, 2013

Two Canadian teens in custody after wild Maine chase

The boy, 16, is charged with eluding an officer, passing a roadblock and aggravated criminal mischief.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Wearing a hospital gown and neck brace for injuries he suffered when he jumped into the Carrabassett River, Zachary Wittke leaves Farmington District Court on Tuesday.

David Leaming/Morning Sentinel

As the new chase began, the fleeing pickup ran over spike mats set out by other officers, and two of the trucks’ tires were deflated. The chase ended when the teens stopped the stolen truck at a guardrail along Route 27 in Kingfield after police made low-speed contact with the vehicle, McCausland said.

The teens then jumped into the Carrabassett River, “sustaining injuries because they dropped 10 to 12 feet onto the rocks below,” Nichols said.

Both were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for evaluation, and the girl was transferred later to Maine Medical Center in Portland with possible internal injuries as a result of jumping down the rocky embankment.

Wittke has no family in Maine or anywhere else in the United States and therefore is a risk to flee and fail to appear in court, which is why he should be held without bail, Robbins said Tuesday in court.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office sent investigators to the scene because of the shots fired at the fleeing car. The Carrabassett Valley and Kingfield police assisted.

Kennebec Journal Staff Writer Michael Shepherd contributed to this report.

Doug Harlow can be contacted at 612-2367 or at:dharlow@centralmaine.com
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