Linneus man leads police on chase

11 years ago

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer
 HOULTON, Maine — A Linneus man led Houlton police on a high-speed chase early Friday morning nearly striking a garage and fleeing the scene on foot.

Jesse Sawyer, 31, of Linneus was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license; eluding an officer (a class C felony); refusing to submit to arrest; theft by receiving stolen property (a class B felony); and violating conditions of release (a class C felony).
According to Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin, a U.S. Border Patrol unit contacted the HPD at 2 a.m. Friday to report a vehicle traveling south on the Foxcroft Road at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was observed to be traveling at speeds above 80 mph.
Soon thereafter, Houlton Police officer Theron Bickford intercepted a Nissan Pathfinder traveling 58 mph in a 35-mph zone.
“As soon as officer Bickford activated his lights and siren, the vehicle’s speed increased and the operator failed to stop,” Asselin said. “At the intersection of the Foxcroft Road and Military Street, the vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign and made a wide right turn into the oncoming lane of traffic. The pickup continued at a high rate of speed westbound on Military Street when it suddenly slowed and made a left turn into the parking lot of (the former) Emily’s store. The Nissan continued to proceed to the rear of the store where it traveled across a lawn and came to an abrupt stop just before striking a garage belonging to Steven Wardwell of 139 Military St.
The male suspect, later identified as Sawyer, exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. Officer Bickford ordered Sawyer to stop, but he continued to flee. After a brief foot pursuit, Sawyer was apprehended.
Officer Bickford later discovered that the Nissan Sawyer was operating was loaded with tools and other items.
“Further investigation revealed that the tools were allegedly stolen overnight during a series of burglaries that occurred on the Wiley Road in Littleton,” the chief said. “The owners of the property were notified by police and subsequently identified.”
Police have not released the stolen property or the Nissan Pathfinder. The estimated value of the stolen items was $10,000.
The matter is still under investigation. Where the burglaries occurred in Littleton, the Maine State Police were notified. Sawyer was recently arrested in Ellsworth on a criminal charge of manufacturing meth.