June 23, 2018
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Off-duty officer helps nab high-speed driver

HOLDEN, Maine — It took members of three public safety agencies, including an off-duty University of Maine police officer, to find and charge a man who apparently nearly caused an accident Saturday morning at the intersection of Route 1A and Copeland Hill Road.

Holden police Officer Chris Greeley said he was able to track down Morris C. Carr, 43, of Carmel, thanks to UMaine Officer Caleb McGary, who told Greeley he saw Carr drive through a stop sign at the intersection and then pull into a driveway not far from the scene.

Greeley said he was in the area of the Wiswell Road-Copeland Hill Road intersection at 11:33 a.m. when he noticed Carr drive by with an expired inspection sticker. As Greeley turned around to stop Carr, the officer said, Carr took off at a high rate of speed and was out of Greeley’s sight quickly.

However, McGary, who happened to be on his way to Orono for work, flagged down Greeley and told Greeley he had seen Carr drive at a high rate of speed through the Route 1A-Copeland Hill Road intersection, ignoring the stop sign, and then turn left onto Route 1A and pull his vehicle into a driveway along the road.

Greeley said he called for backup from state police Trooper Seth Edwards, who responded in case Carr started to flee on foot.

Carr was discovered at the residence of a female friend, Greeley said. He was charged with operating after suspension — Carr had been convicted in 2008 of driving under the influence of intoxicants — and with failure to stop for a police officer. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Greeley said Carr is scheduled to be arraigned May 20 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

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