Man jumps from second floor to escape arrest

Posted March 20, 2009, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

ORONO — A man was taken to a Bangor hospital late Friday morning for evaluation after he jumped from the second floor of an Orono apartment to escape police who had just arrested him.

Sgt. Scott Wilcox of the Orono police department declined to release the man’s name out of sensitivity to his emotional state.

“I can tell you he’s being treated [at Eastern Maine Medical Center] for both physical and psychological issues,” Wilcox said early Friday afternoon.

The incident began when Orono police officers did a routine bail check at an apartment at Orchard Trails, a large complex off Main Street in Orono that houses mostly University of Maine students. The man was home at the time and allowed officers to search the residence, Wilcox said. That search turned up a small amount of unidentified illegal drugs, which was a violation of the man’s bail conditions. He then was placed in handcuffs while officers continued searching the home.

At that point, Wilcox said, the man suddenly stood up and ran across the room past police. While still handcuffed, he then jumped out the window of the second-story apartment, shattering the glass in the process.

Police officers quickly followed the man outside and caught him after a brief chase. He was taken immediately to the hospital for treatment of minor cuts and bruises, along with a psychological evaluation, the sergeant said.

Wilcox said the man has been charged with a bail violation but likely will face additional charges. He declined to say why the man was on bail but admitted it involved a felony conviction. He did not know whether the man was a UMaine student.

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