Bangor man arrested after high-speed chase through Old Town

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 31, 2011, at 10:56 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town police arrested a Bangor man early Sunday morning after a pursuit through Old Town and Orono that reportedly reached speeds of 80 mph.

The chase ended abruptly when the motorist lost control of his pickup and struck a utility pole, snapping it, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said Monday.

Robert McLaughlin, 61, was taken to Penobscot County Jail on charges of criminal operating under the influence, eluding police officers and driving to endanger, Casey said. McLaughlin since has been released on bail, a jail official confirmed.

According to arrest reports, McLaughlin caught the attention of Old Town police when he was spotted driving 20 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 2. When an officer tried to pull him over, McLaughlin kept going, eventually turning onto College Avenue, where he traveled past the University of Maine and back into Old Town, Casey said.

On College Avenue, McLaughlin reportedly reached speeds of 80 mph. McLaughlin then lost control of his 2008 GMC Sonoma, which struck a utility pole, breaking it in two, Casey said.

After police officers caught up with McLaughlin, he allegedly refused to get out of his truck and resisted police officers’ efforts to arrest him.

Before his trip to jail, McLaughlin was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of minor injuries, Casey said.

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