Jason Mackenzie

RICHMOND — Richmond police arrested a man early Monday who they say was driving a stolen truck while intoxicated.

At around 2 a.m., police arrested Jason Mackenzie, 41, a transient with a last known address in Warren. He was charged with operating under the influence and operating without a license — both misdemeanors.

Richmond police Chief Scott MacMasters said Richmond Officer Chris Giles and Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Zac Kindelan spotted a black Chevy pickup truck hauling a trailer at the Route 201 and Route 197 intersection.

“The truck was hauling a trailer and had a broken door that was dragging behind it, causing sparks,” MacMaster said.

He said Giles pursued the truck, which sped up but eventually pulled over at the Exit 43 Quik Stop gas station on Route 197.

According to MacMaster, Mackenzie got out of the vehicle and allegedly tried to leave before surrendering after he heard barking from the department’s police dog.

MacMaster said Mackenzie initially gave officers a fake name and then failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset for probation violation, barring him from posting bail.

“Upon further investigation the next day, it was found Maine State Police were investigating a stolen vehicle out of Litchfield,” MacMaster said Tuesday.

Giles called state police and confirmed the stolen vehicle was the truck Mackenzie was driving. State police are handling the alleged vehicle theft. Calls to the state police for comment on the investigation were not returned Tuesday.

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