May 20, 2018
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Speeds reach 100 mph in Rockland chase

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland teen faces numerous charges after a high-speed chase with police early Tuesday morning in Rockland.

Gabriel Grover, 18, is charged with eluding an officer, operating while under influence of drugs, driving to endanger, criminal speeding and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

A 16-year-old female passenger also faces charges including assault on a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rockland police said that at about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday an officer attempted to stop the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Grover. The car instead accelerated to about 50 mph, weaving and striking a curb.

Officer Joel Neal chased the car with his sirens and lights on, following the car on Grace Street to Broadway, Limerock and Old County Road as he went toward Thomaston, according to police. Once on Old County Road, Grover reached speeds faster than 100 mph, and Neal stopped chasing him.

A few minutes later, Neal spotted Grover’s vehicle creeping slowly down West Meadow Road in Thomaston. Neal again tried to stop the vehicle, but it again reached speeds upwards of 100 mph, according to police.

“They gave up — he was going too fast,” Rockland Police Department Sgt. Don Finnegan said Tuesday afternoon.

Knowing the car was on Route 17, Neal placed a spike mat on the road near Lake Avenue. Seeing the officer, the teen made a U-turn, causing his vehicle to careen off the road.

Police then arrested Grover. As police tried to arrest the 16-year-old passenger, she allegedly kicked at an officer.

No one was seriously injured. Police took Grover to Pen Bay Medical Center for examination before bringing him to Knox County Jail.

According to a release from the police department, “The unauthorized use charge resulted in Rockland Police contacting the owner of the vehicle, who said no one had been given permission to use the vehicle. According to the owner, the keys were taken while the owner was sleeping.”

Grover was released from the Knox County Jail on Tuesday morning on $2,000 unsecured bail.

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