Charges multiply for Trenton man

Posted May 08, 2009, at 9:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Trenton man faces several charges stemming from a high-speed chase a week ago that went through several Hancock County towns.

Anthony Nickerson, 26, was arrested Thursday after police received a tip that he was hiding in a building near Farm Road in Trenton near where the chase ended on May 1.

According to Sgt. Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department, there were several warrants out for Nickerson’s arrest on a variety of charges, including failure to appear to answer charges of operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, trafficking in dangerous knives, and failure to pay fines on numerous charges.

On May 1, Ellsworth police received a tip from an area resident who knew Nickerson was not supposed to be driving. Willey said he located Nickerson at the Ellsworth-Hancock town line near the Jordan Snack Bar. That’s when the chase began.

“He pulled over as if he was going to stop,” Willey said Friday, “then he pulled back out.”

The ensuing chase covered 10.7 miles through the towns of Ellsworth, Lamoine and Trenton, reaching speeds of 80 to 85 mph. The chase ended on Farm Road off Oak Point Road in Trenton when Nickerson’s vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. Nickerson fled from the scene, and although officers tracked him for a while with a search dog, they were unable to find him.

On Thursday, deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Nickerson was in the Farm Road area. Willey joined the deputies, and they found Nickerson hiding in a sawmill. He was removed from the building and taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Nickerson remained in custody as of Friday afternoon charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating after suspension, criminal speeding and violation of bail conditions. He is scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on June 19.

rhewitt@bangordailynews.net

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