May 22, 2018
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Franklin man charged in police chase, assault

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

FRANKLIN, Maine — A local man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted another person Sunday night and then drove after the person, with a line of police cars following, all the way into Ellsworth before he was stopped and arrested.

Terence Spence, 43, also is accused of driving around a spike mat police had set up on Route 1 in front of Jordan’s Snack Bar in an effort to stop him, according to Maine State Trooper Jessica Shorey.

Spence ended up stopping his van at Wayside Market in Ellsworth, near the eastern end of Myrick Street, where he was taken into custody by officers with Ellsworth Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police.

According to Shorey, the initial assault occurred sometime after 10 p.m. at Spence’s home on Goodwin Road. After the alleged assault, the victim went to a friend’s house on Main Street in Franklin and called police. The friend then called Spence’s house, where Spence answered the phone and threatened to burn the house down, she said.

Spence then left his house in his van and, en route to the friend’s house, passed the friend and the victim driving the other way in a flatbed tow truck and turned around to follow them, the trooper said. Shorey, who was in Franklin and was told what was going on, soon caught up with the other vehicles and joined the procession.

Over the next 10 miles, between Franklin and Ellsworth, the vehicles traveled at speeds between 50 and 80 mph, including through the Tideway Market parking lot at the corner of Routes 1 and 182 in Hancock, Shorey said. Wayside Market, where Spence was stopped and arrested, is a few hundred yards west of where police had set up the spike mat on Route 1 in Ellsworth.

Spence is facing charges of assault, eluding an officer and passing a roadblock, according to Shorey. He was taken Sunday night to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, but since has been bailed out on $1,000 cash, she said.


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