100 mph chase leads to Beals Island man’s arrest

Posted March 01, 2010, at 11:45 p.m.

HARRINGTON, MAine — A Beals Island man was arrested early Saturday morning after a 10-mile police chase that reached more than 100 mph.

Jonathan Fickett, 25, was charged with operating while under the influence, eluding officers, criminal speeding and driving to endanger. He was arrested after he abandoned his vehicle and fled into nearby woods in Addison.

The chase began on Route 1 in Harrington when Maine State Police Trooper Michael Southard attempted to stop Fickett for a speeding violation, Southard said Monday.

Fickett failed to stop and Southard chased him through Addison village and onto Route 187 in Addison.

Southard lost sight of the vehicle as it made a right turn onto a side road.

“At several points, he reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour,” Southard said.

The trooper located the vehicle next to a residence on Merchant Lane a short time later where Fickett apparently had fled on foot.

State police Sgt. Alden Bustard and his K-9 Zack tracked Fickett from the vehicle. With Bustard and Zack behind him, Fickett allegedly ran across Route 187, directly in front of Trooper Barry Curtis, who also was searching for the man.

Fickett was chased into a nearby driveway where he allegedly surrendered and was taken into custody. He was taken to Washington County Jail in Machias and later was released after posting bail.

Southard said Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Perry assisted at the scene.

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