June 22, 2018
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Suspect fails to show for trial

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Old Town man who was supposed to go on trial Monday for allegedly separately stealing and crashing two sport-utility vehicles has had a warrant issued for his arrest.

Brent M. Lovely, 48, failed to appear Monday morning in Hancock County Superior Court as jury selection for his trial was scheduled to get under way.

According to police, Lovely allegedly wrecked both vehicles in the early hours of Oct. 29. He allegedly stole a 2004 Ford Explorer in Dedham and a short time later crashed it on Route 1A in Ellsworth near Annie’s Pride store. While Maine State Police Trooper David Barnard was investigating that accident, he came across a 1998 Chevy Tahoe being driven on the highway without any illuminated taillights. When Barnard attempted to stop the Tahoe, the driver allegedly sped off south toward Ellsworth at 80 mph and refused to stop.

Barnard gave chase, and other police officers in the area tried to stop the vehicle. Lovely, who police say was at the wheel, turned onto Route 179 and then onto Route 180, crashing the Tahoe into a tree just north of the Graham Lake Bridge.

Lovely allegedly then tried to get away on foot, but was quickly apprehended by police. He is accused of stealing the Tahoe from a commercial garage on Route 1A after he demolished the Explorer by rolling it onto its roof, according to police. The Explorer had been stolen from a residential garage, police have indicated.

In December, Lovely was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury on charges of eluding an officer, theft, driving to endanger, operating a motor vehicle after suspension and burglary.

Lovely had been in custody at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth but was released in February so he could attend a four-week treatment program in Limestone, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court. Lovely was expected to return to the jail on Sunday and to stay there until jury selection in his trial had been completed the next day.

Lovely’s defense attorney, Eric Columber of Ellsworth, said Wednesday he was not sure where his client might be.

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