Police still seeking to identify driver in Berwick car chase

By Kyle Stucker, Foster’s Daily Democrat (MCT)
Posted March 30, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Police are still attempting to identify a man who led multiple police agencies on a vehicle pursuit through North Berwick into Berwick on March 22.

Police Lt. Jim Moulton said his department is working to enhance cruiser video of the man, who can been seen on tape getting out of the black Volvo station wagon involved in the chase before running into a wooded, residential area on Berwick Road.

No identification had been made as of Monday, though.

“We’re just doing some deciphering and cleaning up on the video to try and get a positive ID on the driver,” he said. “It looks promising. We should have something soon.”

The man lead North Berwick police on the chase after failing to stop for an officer after allegedly committing a traffic violation on Elm Street around 9:30 p.m. on March 22.

The pursuit continued into Berwick, where officers used spike strips near Vivian Hussey Elementary School on Blackberry Hill Road to disable the vehicle, which had New Hampshire plates.

The suspect soon attempted to ditch the disabled car in a driveway at 107 Berwick Road before fleeing on foot. Police from Berwick, North Berwick, South Berwick and a K-9 unit from Wells were unable to locate the man that night, although the man’s passenger was taken into custody shortly after the driver left the vehicle.

Moulton said that passenger — Danny Stewart, 50, with a last known address on Shapleigh Road in Lebanon — has since been charged with littering from a motor vehicle and possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage on a public way, which are both violation-level offenses carrying $165 fines.

Police have since released Stewart, according to Moulton.

The beer bottle which Stewart threw is currently being analyzed as evidence, although Moulton said he couldn’t say if the container will help his department identify the driver.

He said no other charges were filed against Stewart as of Monday, although there is a possibility more are coming.

Police were able to run the plates of the black Volvo, which is registered to a woman in Dover, N.H. Moulton said the woman isn’t involved in the case and she told Moulton she wasn’t sure why another individual would have her car.

Moulton said he is investigating whether the car was stolen, as well as the fact there were several items in the vehicle’s trunk which may also have been stolen.

Those items are: two large cement urns, one of which was filled with cement and the other previously filled with dirt; two cement lion statues, each approximately 21/2 feet tall; and an old cement pedestal of some kind, which Moulton said looks like the “middle piece of a bird bath.”

Moulton said there were no police reports in nearby communities about missing items matching the description of the pieces in the back of the Volvo. He said the items, which don’t belong to the Volvo’s owner, could’ve been used for decoration or possibly as part of a memorial in a graveyard.

A picture of the cement items wasn’t available Monday.

Moulton said he is looking for anyone with more information about the items or about the pursuit itself to contact the North Berwick Police Department at 207-676-2751.

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