GOULDSBORO — A Gouldsboro man is facing multiple charges following an eight-mile police pursuit 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.
A Surry resident was uninjured after her 2015 Buick Encore struck a tree May 6.
Police said Pamela Walker, 76, was southbound on Route 1 when she fell asleep at the wheel near the Clinic Road intersection. Her vehicle left the roadway off the shoulder of the northbound lane, struck a tree and came to rest in a ditch.
The vehicle was disabled due to damage to the front end, driver’s side and undercarriage. It had to be towed.
Police assisted on West Bay Road May 9 after a red 1996 GMC 2500 driven by Richard Pinkham, 71, of Gouldsboro caught fire. The Fire Department also responded. There were no injuries.
An officer also assisted a motorist who lost items off a trailer near the intersection of Route 1 and Guzzle Road on May 1.
Two men were charged with speeding in two separate incidents. Shane Barker, 46, of Trenton was charged with exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more following a stop May 4 on Main Street in Birch Harbor.
Bruce Merchant, 52, of Gouldsboro was charged with driving 20 to 24 mph above the speed limit following a stop on Pond Road May 1. The officer determined that there were further marine resources violations and contacted the Maine Marine Patrol, whose investigation resulted in criminal charges.
Aura Crowley, 25, of Beals was charged with attaching false plates following a traffic stop May 4 on Route 1. Her vehicle was towed.
A resident reported his 14-foot kayak missing on May 10. It was last seen going over the dam on Guzzle Road.
Police assisted the Gouldsboro Fire Department with traffic control for the Mother’s Day 5K road race May 11 in Prospect Harbor.
Police responded to a residential burglary on Chicken Mill Pond Road May 7. However, it was determined to be a false alarm.
Police assisted Winter Harbor police and the Maine Marine Patrol with an elver violation in Winter Harbor May 3.
While on patrol May 4, an officer discovered a suspicious vehicle parked off Route 1. The occupants, who were “enjoying each other’s company,” according to the report, were advised to move along.