Police seek public’s help in speeding Mustang case

Posted March 24, 2009, at 9:34 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police in Penobscot County are seeking the public’s assistance in their investigation of a red sports car that led police on a brief chase through several small towns late Tuesday afternoon.

The car is described as a “high performance” late model Ford Mustang, approximately three or four years old, Sgt. William Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday night.

Birch said he attempted to stop the Mustang at about 5:20 p.m. on Route 43 in Corinth but that the driver fled, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph at times, passing multiple vehicles and forcing others off the road along the way.

Birch said he had a hard time keeping up with the Mustang as it turned east onto Route 211 through Hudson and that he lost sight of it shortly thereafter.

The car then drove back onto Route 43, crossing Alton Tannery Road before turning onto Route 16 in the Alton area, where state police Trooper Chris Hashey located a Mustang matching the description of the speeding car about 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Birch said.

The name of the suspect driver, who has not yet been charged, was being withheld Tuesday night, Birch said.

“We’re hoping to have one or two people call in about this,” Birch said. He said witnesses include a group of people who were outside Roger’s Market on Route 221 in Hudson, who pointed toward the Mustang’s direction of travel as Birch drove past them in his police car.

Birch asks that anyone who may have witnessed the episode call him at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department at 945-4636.