High-speed chase through Belfast ends in multiple charges

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Bucksport man faces charges after a high-speed chase that began late Sunday night and ended in a crash at the post office and a foot chase through downtown Belfast.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputies had set up a traffic stop at the Belmont-Belfast town line that night after receiving information that Matthew M. Williams, 25, would be coming into Belfast on Route 3. Williams was wanted on outstanding warrants and reportedly was driving after his license had been suspended.

Deputies saw Williams driving up to the traffic stop in his Plymouth van, but although he started to pull over, he then accelerated and refused to stop, according to a press release from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Officer Brian Lunt of the Belfast Police Department, who was driving the primary vehicle following Williams into the city, and other officers reported that Williams’ van reached speeds of 90 mph.

“As the chase got closer to the downtown business district, the officers began to back off and slow down,” according to the press release.

Williams crashed into mail trucks parked outside the Belfast post office and then fled on foot, police reported.

He was located at 2:30 a.m. Monday at a store on the east side of Belfast and taken into custody by Officer Mike Rolerson, Deputy Kevin Littlefield and Maine State Police Trooper Corey Smith.

Williams was arrested and charged with aggravated operating after revocation of operator’s license eluding a police officer, failure to stop for a police officer, violating conditions of release, aggravated criminal mischief, unauthorized use of property, exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 mph and leaving the scene of an accident.

He had been wanted on outstanding warrants on charges of Class B burglary, Class C felony theft and failure to appear after posting bail. Williams’ license shows a history of eight convictions, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

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