Transient faces charges after high-speed chase

Posted April 15, 2009, at 7:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — A 29-year-old transient who led police on a high-speed chase earlier this month remained in custody in Bangor on Wednesday facing numerous charges.

Jeffrey Warren, 29, who was listed as a transient from the Bangor area, was arrested April 9 after a state police tactical team and Bucksport police officers found him hiding in an apartment on Bridge Street in Bucksport.

According to Lt. Steve Hunt of the Bangor Police Department, Warren allegedly had been involved in a domestic incident in Bangor on April 4 and police there were looking for him. Officers located him the next day driving a car that had been reported stolen in Bucksport. Warren failed to stop for the officers and led police on a high-speed chase that ended in Bucksport when officers lost sight of the stolen vehicle.

Several days later on April 9, Officer Matt Cyr of the Bucksport Police Department received information that Warren was staying at an apartment on Bridge Street in Bucksport. Cyr also had been told that Warren was armed with a shotgun and that Warren had said he wouldn’t be taken without a fight.

Bucksport police contacted the Maine State Police, and a tactical team was activated. The team along with Cyr, Trooper Cliff Peterson and Sgt. Alden Bustard entered the apartment and found Warren in a crawl space on the second floor. Officers recovered a 12-gauge shotgun in the crawl space.

The shotgun had been reported stolen the previous day from a vehicle on Verona Island. Trooper Chris Smith was investigating that theft and recovered property that had been reported stolen from Verona Island residences the previous day.

Officer Cyr arrested Warren on charges of default in payment of fines, possession of a firearm by a felon, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence assault and theft by unauthorized taking.

He was taken to the Hancock County Jail where he remained until Monday when he was transferred to Penobscot County Jail. There Bangor police officers filed additional charges in connection with the chase. Warren was charged with eluding an officer, aggravated operating after revocation and driving to endanger.

Other charges connected to the theft of the shotgun and other items are pending.

Warren remained in custody at Penobscot County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

Police also arrested Randy Fairbrother, 28, who lived in the Bridge Street apartment where Warren was staying. He was charged with obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension.

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