April 21, 2018
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Car chase in Caribou spurs multiple charges

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — A New Sweden man faces multiple charges after a car chase Thursday.

Edward Dunne, 41, was apprehended after an incident that began just after 9 a.m.

Caribou police Officer Jason Matheson said that he was on patrol in the city when he saw a 1988 Dodge Dakota that he believed to be speeding.

The vehicle had just turned off North Main Street, according to Matheson.

“I turned around and started to pursue him and he decided not to stop,” he said, adding that Dunne was driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Dunne allegedly speeded up, with Matheson in pursuit. When Dunne began getting close to a school zone, Matheson backed off a bit.

Dunne ditched the vehicle on Elmwood Avenue and took off on foot, according to Matheson.

By that time, Officer Doug Bell had joined the pursuit. He found Dunne a short time later hiding in the neighborhood.

Matheson said Dunne was uncooperative and would not answer many questions. He refused to submit to a test to determine whether he was under the influence of intoxicants, so he was automatically charged with operating under the influence, the officer said.

Dunne also was charged with eluding an officer, a felony.

Subsequent charges included operating without a license, reckless conduct with a motor vehicle, failure to register a motor vehicle, violation of conditions of release, criminal mischief, speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Dunne was taken to the Aroostook County Jail.

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