May 25, 2018
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Police catch man after 3-town chase

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

DEER ISLE, Maine — A Stonington man is facing criminal charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through three Hancock County towns, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy Sheriff Rob Morang said Sunday that he was on patrol on Main Street in Blue Hill around 9:15 p.m. Saturday when he tried to stop a vehicle for speeding. He said Davis Bradshaw, 18, allegedly was driving between 55 and 60 mph in a 25 mph zone in Blue Hill village.

Bradshaw allegedly sped off and nearly caused an accident, which prompted Morang to fall back and not give chase, he said. A short time later, Maine State Trooper Thomas Pickering located the vehicle in Blue Hill and again tried to stop Bradshaw, Morang said. Speeds in the chase, which passed through Blue Hill, Sedgwick and Deer Isle, ranged from 80 to 100 mph, he said.

Police set out a spike mat on Route 15 in Sedgwick and flattened one of Bradshaw’s tires, according to Morang. The chase continued for several more miles at slow speeds, with Bradshaw driving over the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge into Deer Isle with one flat tire, before being stopped by police.

Bradshaw is facing charges of criminal speeding, driving to endanger, illegal transportation by a minor and eluding an officer, Morang said, and may be facing other charges from Maine State Police. Also charged was a passenger in Bradshaw’s vehicle, Justin Betts, 19, of Stonington, with possession of a usable amount of marijuana, Morang said.

Bradshaw was arrested by Trooper Pickering and taken to Hancock County Jail, Morang said. He said Sunday evening that Bradshaw had been bailed from the jail.

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