Bangor hit-and-run suspect arrested

Posted May 12, 2011, at 11:26 a.m.
Last modified May 12, 2011, at 3:48 p.m.
Jason Harris
Photo courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Jason Harris

BANGOR, Maine — A 24-year-old Etna man faces multiple charges after police said he crashed his pickup truck into a parked car on Cottage Street and drove off early Thursday morning.

After he fled the scene, Jason Harris attempted to elude a Bangor police officer who responded, but the man ended up driving the truck into a ditch off Kenduskeag Avenue.

Harris was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, aggravated driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail early Thursday and remained there by late morning, according to police.

Witnesses told officers that the truck struck a vehicle parked on Cottage Street in front of a residence shortly after 1:30 a.m. The truck, which had at least two flat tires and its front end dragging, sped off leaving a trail of sparks, according to police.

Bangor police Sgt. Robert Bishop caught up to the truck on Valley Avenue and turned on his blue lights. Instead of pulling over, Harris sped up. He turned right from Valley Avenue to Kenduskeag Avenue but then lost control of the truck and crashed into a ditch near the intersection of Husson Avenue.

Harris was taken into custody. An unidentified passenger in Harris’ truck suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle on Cottage Street had about $2,500 in damage, police said. Harris’ truck was demolished.

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