Handcuffed Maine man killed after fleeing custody

Posted March 30, 2009, at 10:34 a.m.

YORK, Maine — A 38-year-old Westbrook man has died after he allegedly fled from police while in handcuffs and ran into traffic on the Maine Turnpike.

Maine State Police said Craig Allard was pulled over in York on a routine traffic stop at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Spokesman Steve McCausland told the Portsmouth Herald that Allard was handcuffed and placed in the police cruiser after the trooper found a suspected package of heroin in Allard’s car.

McCausland said Allard was hit by the side mirror of a box truck after he ran into a turnpike travel lane as he was being moved from the cruiser’s back seat to the front seat so he could have more leg room.

Allard was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where a spokeswoman confirmed his death.

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