Houlton police still looking for Littleton man

Posted June 18, 2010, at 12:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Police are still searching for a Littleton man who took off on foot after leading police on a brief chase through a section of the community earlier this week.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Friday that Ronald D. Lewis, 20, has not yet been captured and police have received no tips regarding his whereabouts.

According to Asselin, a male caller dialed 911 Tuesday evening to report that his daughter was driving into town from Littleton and being followed by Lewis, her ex-boyfriend.

Before this incident, Lewis was under house arrest at his residence for an unrelated charge, and as a condition of his release was prohibited from leaving home.

Not long after the 911 call Tuesday, Houlton police Sgt. Fred Parker received a report from Maine State Police that both the woman’s and Lewis’s vehicles were stopped at a residence on Ludlow Road near the intersection of Callaghan Road in Houlton. Parker was told that a possible disturbance was taking place.

As Parker approached the scene at about 9:30 p.m., Lewis fled in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo down Callaghan Road, according to Asselin.

Parker activated his lights and kept his speed at 45 mph, but Lewis drove faster, went through a stop sign and turned onto nearby Cogan Road, the police chief said.

Lewis’ vehicle continued across the intersection, became momentarily airborne and crashed into a wooded area, Asselin said. Bottles of medication, not belonging to Lewis, were found in a book bag inside the Isuzu, he said. The vehicle had minor damage.

Lewis got out of the car and took off, with Parker chasing him on foot, police said.

Parker, state police troopers and U.S. Border Patrol agents conducted a search but could not find Lewis.

Trooper Dennis Quint later went to a residence to speak to Lewis’ mother. While he was there, Lewis called his mother on the phone, according to police. Quint took the phone and tried to get Lewis to disclose his location, but the 20-year-old initially refused. A short time later, Lewis agreed to meet Quint on the B Road in Houlton and turn himself in, police said.

The trooper showed up at the meeting place, but Lewis did not.

Asselin said that police suspect that Lewis was picked up by a friend or relative sometime Wednesday morning.

“He had a cell phone on him,” the chief said. “He will turn up eventually. It is just a matter of time. It would be easier if he just did it so that he doesn’t have to keep looking out of his window every few minutes.”

Police are asking anyone with information on Lewis’ location to call the Houlton Police Department tip line at 694-3545.

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