Oct 28, 2009
Veazie Chief ends chase in Bangor
BANGOR – A chase through Bangor was ended when the suspect vehicle reported crashed with a vehicle operated by Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard.
On Oct. 26 around 9:46 p.m., Bangor Police Officer James Hassard observed a vehicle run a stop sign on Mt. Hope and Forest Avenues. He attempted to stop the vehicle and the operator refused to stop, according to police. At that point, Hassard and other Bangor Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and set up at known intersections for possible spike mat deployment.
Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard heard the radio traffic and was in the vicinity of the chase, which was taking place in and out of side streets. Leonard said he heard radio traffic that indicated the vehicle may be travelling back towards Veazie and was heading in that direction by Birch and State Streets when he heard screeching tires. He accelerated to avoid collision, and thinking the suspect’s vehicle had crashed or was further back, pulled his cruiser to block traffic. He looked into the street, made eye contact with the suspect, who then allegedly accelerated and collided with Leonard’s cruiser on the driver’s side.
Leonard said that it appeared that the suspect continued to accelerate in an apparent attempt to keep going, before he was pinned by a Bangor Police cruiser.
Police were then able to arrest Craig Howe, 32, from Brewer, who was charged with class B felony aggravated assault, class C felony eluding a police officer, class C felony passing a roadblock, misdemeanor OUI, reckless conduct, driving to endanger, and operating after suspension.
Howe and his 25-year-old passenger were both taken to a local hospital emergency room, treated and released.
Leonard sustained minor injuries and did not need medical assistance.
“It’s unfortunate we lost our cruiser,” Leonard said. “But it’s better our cruiser than an innocent passerby.”
The case remains under investigation.
Photos courtesy of Chief Mark Leonard
Posted by Katy England at 10/28/2009 02:51:00 PM