Man caught after fleeing from drive-through in Brewer

Posted Feb. 15, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — A Brewer man was arrested after a brief flight on foot from police Monday that began at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through window and ended on a nearby side street.

After his arrest, Jeremy Smith, 27, was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Monday night on charges of violating bail conditions and operating after revocation of his driver’s license, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

Smith also is being held on five outstanding warrants for failure to appear and for unpaid fines and fees amounting to more than $2,000, a Brewer police detective said Monday.

The incident that led to Smith’s arrest began about 1:30 p.m., when Brewer police Officer Stephen Boyd spotted a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass with an expired inspection sticker at the drive-through window at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 271 State St., Detective Nelson Feero of the Brewer Police Department said.

Boyd parked nearby so that he could stop the car after its driver finished paying for his order, Feero said.

But before Boyd could do that, Smith jumped out of the car — leaving it at the drive-through window — and fled on foot, Feero said.

In less than 15 minutes, another Brewer police officer, Cpl. Paul Gauvin, caught up with Smith, Feero said.

“The employees [at the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant] gave us a pretty good description of him,” including what he was wearing and which way he fled, Feero said.

Police officers arrested Smith without further incident, Feero said.

“If he bails out, it’s going to cost him quite a bit of money,” Feero said, noting that Smith has more than $2,000 in unpaid fines and fees to address.

Feero also said that given Monday’s federal holiday and Tuesday’s state shutdown day, it likely will be Wednesday before Smith appears before a judge.

If Smith does make bail or is released at court, his next court appearance is scheduled for March 18, Feero said.

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