Harpswell man indicted for high-speed chase

Posted April 08, 2011, at 7:02 p.m.
Hyunkook Korsiak
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Hyunkook Korsiak

ELLSWORTH, Maine —- A man accused of stealing two Saabs, one immediately after he allegedly crashed the other during a high-speed police chase in January, was one of 19 people indicted Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury.

Hyunkook Korsiak, 29, was arrested Jan. 10 in Ellsworth after police boxed him in on Route 1A after a chase that covered approximately 40 miles and allegedly reached speeds of 130 mph, police have said.

Korsiak allegedly was driving a silver Saab that was reported stolen and believed to have been involved in a Dec. 30 robbery attempt in Ellsworth when police saw the vehicle and attempted to pull it over on Route 182 between Franklin and Cherryfield. Korsiak allegedly sped off west toward Franklin but lost control of the vehicle and drove it into a ditch at the intersection of routes 182 and 200, police said at the time.

Korsiak then allegedly stole a red Saab parked nearby and drove it north on Route 200 through Eastbrook and Waltham and then south on Route 179 into Ellsworth, where he then surrendered to police without further incident.

Korsiak was indicted Thursday on charges of receiving stolen property, aggravated criminal mischief, two counts eluding an officer, two counts criminal speed and unauthorized use of property.

According to information provided to the Bangor Daily News by the state’s Bureau of Identification, Korsiak has prior criminal convictions for burglary, theft and negotiating a worthless instrument in 2000 and, in the following year, convictions for robbery and aggravated assault.

Neither Korsiak nor his passenger in the silver Saab, Joseph Miller, 24, of Whitneyville, were injured during the Jan 10 incident. Miller, who was arrested at the accident scene in Franklin after Korsiak allegedly fled in the other vehicle, was not indicted Thursday.

Police had been looking for the Saab, which had a “92K” loaner license plate, after it reportedly was involved in a robbery attempt in Ellsworth. In that incident, a man matching Korsiak’s physical description got out of the Saab and then jumped into a parked car outside a High Street business and pointed a gun at the driver. The driver fled on foot, prompting the apparent would-be robber to flee the scene in the Saab, police have said.

The silver Saab, according to police, had been reported stolen in the Brunswick area and the 92K license plate was stolen from a Westbrook auto dealership before the car and plate were used in the apparent Dec. 30 robbery attempt.

Others indicted by the Hancock County Grand Jury this week were:

Paul E. Arsenault, 51, Ellsworth, possessing sexually explicit materials.

Colin T. Barclay, 46, Eastbrook, improper plates.

Derek D. Bradford, 26, Trenton, theft by unauthorized taking, burglary.

Jeffery S. Card, 35, Ellsworth, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief, illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses.

Daniel R. Cyr, 49, Ellsworth, domestic violence assault, terrorizing, violating condition of release.

Robert A. Handy, 40, Lamoine, theft by deception, theft by unauthorized taking.

Joshua E. Kane, 18, Hancock, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Scott G. Kingsbury, 48, Tremont, criminal operating while under influence of intoxicants, terrorizing, criminal mischief.

Chad A. Leavitt, 26, Ellsworth, two counts possession of sexually explicit materials.

Brent S. Lockhart, 20, Ellsworth, unlawful trafficking of drugs.

Jeffrey A. Long, 29, Hancock, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief.

Richard H. Merritt, 54, East Machias, five counts burglary, theft.

Randy G. Millay, 43, Machiasport, five counts burglary, theft.

Matthew C. Milliken, 24, Ellsworth, burglary.

Jeremy M. Murphy, 20, Bucksport, three counts theft by unauthorized taking, burglary, violating condition of release.

Edmund L. Osborne, 51, Bucksport, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Amanda M. Rose, 26, Ellsworth, theft by unauthorized taking.

Robert O. Spiegel, 44, Bar Harbor, aggravated habitual offender, operating vehicle while license revoked, operating under influence of intoxicants.

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