Littleton man who fled police still on the loose

Posted Aug. 10, 2010, at 12:08 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.
Ronald D. Lewis, 20
Houlton Police Dept
Ronald D. Lewis, 20

HOULTON, Maine — Nearly six weeks after he led a police officer on a brief chase through the community, law enforcement officials are still looking for a Littleton man who has been eluding capture since early June.

Although an arrest warrant was issued for Ronald D. Lewis, 20, in June, he still remains at large, police confirmed Monday.

State police issued a warrant for Lewis’ arrest for allegedly violating his bail conditions shortly after an incident that unfolded on June 15 in Houlton.

According to Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin, a male caller dialed 911 that night 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 on an unrelated charge and, as a condition of his release, was prohibited from leaving home. He violated that condition when he left his residence in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo, according to police.

Not long after the 911 call, Houlton police Sgt. Fred Parker received a report from 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.

Police suspect that Lewis was picked up by a friend or relative sometime the morning of June 16, but police have received few tips regarding his whereabouts.

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

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