Arrest warrant issued for man sought by Houlton department

Posted June 21, 2010, at 3:14 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine— An arrest warrant has been issued for a Littleton man who led officers on a brief chase through a section of the community last week and has been eluding police ever since.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday that Ronald D. Lewis, 20, has not yet been captured, but a warrant now has been issued through the state police for his arrest for violating his bail conditions.

According to Asselin, a male caller dialed 911 the evening of June 15 to report that his daughter was driving into town from Littleton and being followed by Lewis, her ex-boyfriend.

At the time, Lewis was under house arrest at his residence for an unrelated charge, and, as a condition of his release, was prohibited from leaving home. That condition was allegedly violated after he left his residence in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo, according to police.

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’ 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 his vehicle down Callaghan Road, according to Asselin.

Parker 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 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.

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

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