ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bangor man faces multiple charges after he allegedly stole two vehicles early Wednesday morning and led police on a chase that ended in a crash on Route 180.
Brent Lovely, 47, remained in custody Wednesday afternoon in the Hancock County Jail.
According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, officers were called to the scene of a rollover accident on Route 1A near Annie’s Pride at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. No one was around the vehicle, a Ford Explorer which was on its roof. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Dedham, Page said.
Trooper David Barnard of the Maine State Police headed to Dedham to interview the car’s owner when he came across a 1998 Chevy Tahoe on Route 1A. The vehicle had no taillights, he said.
“I turned on that vehicle and he punched it,” Barnard said. “He took off at a high rate of speed.”
With Barnard in pursuit, the Tahoe headed south on Route 1A reaching speeds of 80 mph. At the intersection of Route 179 officers attempted to box in the vehicle, but it made the turn and headed out Route 179 and onto Route 180. The Tahoe crashed just past the Graham Lake bridge.
The driver, who police said was Lovely, fled into the woods.
Officers from the Ellsworth Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Warden Service converged on the scene and within five minutes had tracked Lovely and taken him into custody.
“There was a lot of help there,” Barnard said. “We were all there together, so it was pretty easy.”
Lovely suffered minor injuries in the accident. He was treated at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and then taken to the Hancock County Jail.
The Ford Explorer was considered a total loss from the accident. There was no estimate available on the damage to the Tahoe, which, it turned out, also was stolen.
The Chevy Tahoe was towed by Bill’s Towing to the company’s lot next to Larry’s Mobile Service. When the owner of Larry’s saw the SUV on the tow truck later Wednesday morning, he realized that it belonged to one of his customers and that it had been taken from the business sometime during the night. He reported it to the Ellsworth police.
Lovely was charged by Ellsworth officers with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with the theft of the Tahoe.
The Explorer was taken from a garage in Dedham, Barnard said, so Lovely will be charged with burglary in addition to charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension and criminal speed. A blood test will be done to determine if alcohol was a factor in the incidents.
Lovely is scheduled to be arraigned today in Hancock County Superior Court.