16-mile low-speed chase ends in driveway

Posted Sept. 15, 2009, at 9:41 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — When Deputy James Kennedy of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop an older model Ford F-150 just after noon Tuesday, the driver refused to stop, then led him and officers from four other agencies on a low-speed chase.

Henry Jenkins, 30, refused to stop until he pulled into his driveway on Brockway Mills Road in Sangerville, 16 miles from where Kennedy attempted to stop him on Stetson Road in Exeter.

“I was stopping him for a crack in his windshield and no inspection sticker,” said Kennedy. “He refused to stop. He just wanted to get the vehicle home.”

Jenkins’ driver’s license was suspended and he is a “habitual offender of revoked status,” the deputy said.

Police officers from Dover-Foxcroft and Dexter, deputies from the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers from the Maine State Police assisted in the chase.

Kennedy warned the truck’s female owner on Saturday to get the vehicle off the road until it was inspected. Dexter police recently had stopped the truck for an inspection violation.

Jenkins faces several charges, one for driving around a Dover-Foxcroft police officer who had set up a roadblock on Route 7.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with operating as a habitual offender, failing to stop for a police officer, passing a roadblock, possession of diverted prescription pills and possession of a dangerous weapon. He had a pair of brass knuckles, Kennedy said.

Once he pulled into his driveway, Piscataquis deputies and Kennedy arrested Jenkins, who did not resist.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Tuesday night.

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