Gouldsboro man charged after allegedly ramming cruiser during chase



STEUBEN — A Gouldsboro man is facing multiple charges following an eight-mile chase May 9.

Eric Edwards, 23, of Gouldsboro is charged with aggravated reckless conduct (Class B), failing to submit to arrest or detention (Class D), refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer (Class E), operating after suspension (Class E), failure to display a valid inspection certificate, failure to provide evidence of insurance and operating with an expired temporary registration, according to Gouldsboro police.

More charges will be recommended to the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office, police said.

Police observed a 1995 Ford F250 with vehicle defects on the Gouldsboro Point Road May 9. They suspected the driver, Edwards, had a suspended license. When police attempted to stop the truck on Route 1 in Steuben, the driver refused to pull over.

A pursuit ensued with speeds of about 50 to 60 mph on Route 1, Eastside Road, Unionville Road and Augusta Drive in Steuben for a total of approximately eight miles.

During the pursuit, Edwards allegedly stopped multiple times and took off when an officer attempted to approach. On Augusta Drive, he allegedly stopped twice and put the truck in reverse, ramming the officer’s cruiser. The officer was able to remove him from the vehicle with the use of a TASER, police said.

Edwards was transported to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for medical treatment, released and booked into the Hancock County Jail. The Maine State Police, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service assisted.

 

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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