A Bangor man who is a habitual traffic offender was seen getting behind the wheel of a car Thursday night and after a short police chase was charged with five offenses, including two felonies, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Friday.
Jarod Brown, 28, got into a silver Chevy car parked near the One Stop on State Street after 10 p.m. and was noticed by Bangor police Officer Steve Pelletier, who attempted to pull him over.
Brown drove away and “at some points reached 50 mph” while trying to evade capture, Edwards said, adding that at one point in the chase the passenger door opened and it appeared the passenger was attempting to jump out, according to Pelletier’s report.
Once Brown did stop, he jumped out and took off running, but didn’t place his vehicle in park so it rolled into the police cruiser, denting the passenger-side door, Edwards said.
Brown was charged with two felonies: evading a police officer and operating after habitual suspension. He also was charged with possessing diverted prescription pills, violating his bail conditions and refusing to submit to arrest.
A female passenger in Brown’s car, Heather Hamm, 26, of Glenburn, was arrested for outstanding warrants from Piscataquis County, Edwards said. Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail. Hamm was released at court on Friday but Brown remained behind bars late Friday night, a jail official confirmed.
If convicted of either felony charge, Brown could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)