ELLSWORTH — A Sullivan man was arrested early Tuesday morning after leading the Maine State Police on a chase that included two crashes, according to police.
Police arrested Maynard Hardison, 30, on charges of reckless conduct, aggravated criminal mischief, eluding an officer and operating after revocation.
Sgt. Jason Sattler had attempted to stop the vehicle Hardison was operating but the pursuit ensued for eight miles before Hardison crashed the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
A state police dog was called in to track Hardison.
Eventually, a Maine Marine Patrol Warden stopped a vehicle that had stopped to pick up Hardison.
“Hardison was arrested on the Ashville Road after a vehicle transporting him was investigated by Marine Patrol Warden Jonathan Varnum,” who found Hardison inside, police said.
“At one point during the pursuit, Hardison drove into a snowbank and as Sgt. Sattler was pulling in alongside, Hardison was able to get out and struck Sgt. Sattler’s cruiser as he was exiting the area,” said Troop J Lt. Rod Charette. “The pursuit continued towards the Ashville Road, where Hardison lost control near a private road and disabled the vehicle in another snowbank. Hardison then fled the area on foot.”
Hardison was still incarcerated at the Hancock County Jail Wednesday.
Along with the Maine Marine Patrol, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office also assisted the state police.