Dennis Laing

LEBANON — A North Berwick suspect who initially fled from police on an all-terrain vehicle Saturday morning and apprehended an hour later was expected to make a first court appearance Monday on an array of charges including trafficking in marijuana.

Officers caught up with Dennis Laing, 41, on Depot Road in Lebanon.

Maine State Police say they found about half a pound of marijuana, 47 marijuana concentrated capsules and $14,674 in cash when they stopped Laing on his ATV at about 8:30 a.m.

Police said Laing was free on bail on kidnapping and witness tampering charges when they took him into custody.

Trooper Patrick Hall of Troop A in Alfred attempted to stop Laing, who was riding an ATV on Route 202, at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning for a traffic infraction, but the ATV sped away. Police said the pursuit was halted for safety reasons. Hall located the ATV on Depot Road an hour later and stopped it.

Witnesses later told officers that the ATV operator was traveling at a high rate of speed and nearly struck other ATV riders entering a trail, according to a police statement.

A roadside investigation, aided by Corporal Adam Schmidt and Trooper Ryan DuBois, allegedly turned up the drugs and the cash, which police said they suspect was drug proceeds.

Laing was charged with trafficking in marijuana, operating a vehicle after his license was revoked as an habitual offender and failure to stop for a law enforcement officer.

He was taken to York County Jail in Alfred, where he was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday afternoon at Springvale District Court by video from the jail.

In a social media statement, Maine State Police said they will request the York County District Attorney’s Office review the case for additional charges, and will request forfeiture of the cash.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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