ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man who kept police busy searching for him for several hours Saturday after he escaped from the back of a cruiser turned himself in at the Hancock County Jail.
Kevin Wiseman, 23, of Ellsworth already was wanted for failure to pay fines, but will face more charges as a result of Saturday’s incident, Lt. Harold Page said.
It started early Saturday afternoon when two Ellsworth police officers responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at an apartment on Main Street. Several people were inside the residence when police arrived, Page said, but after a brief investigation they determined that a domestic assault had not occurred.
However, one of the occupants — Wiseman — had an outstanding arrest warrant and was taken into custody. According to Page, one of the officers handcuffed Wiseman, took him outside and put him in the back of the police cruiser. The other officer then called for the help of the first officer because a discussion inside the apartment was getting heated, the lieutenant said.
“We wouldn’t normally ever leave a prisoner,” Page said. “But the officer was kind of between a rock and a hard place.”
After defusing the situation inside the apartment, the officers returned to the cruiser a few minutes later and discovered Wiseman was gone. Page said he apparently slipped out of his handcuffs and managed to push the car window down and climb out.
Ellsworth police and Hancock County sheriff’s deputies tracked Wiseman on foot through the snow-covered neighborhood but could not locate him.
A few hours later, Page said, the man turned himself in.
“We’re going to charge him with escape,” he said. “If there is any damage to the cruiser, we’ll likely charge him with vandalism. And, we didn’t get the handcuffs back, so there could be theft charges as well.”