Presque Isle man charged in road rage incident involving his son

Posted June 13, 2011, at 7:08 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local man was taken into custody on Sunday evening by Presque Isle police following an incident during which he allegedly argued with his son, brandished a handgun and pursued him in a high-speed car chase.

Presque Isle Police Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge said in a press release issued Monday evening that the incident began at around 5:30 p.m Sunday, when several callers contacted the department about a road rage incident involving two vehicles on the Strawberry Banks Road.

The callers said two men had been arguing on Strawberry Banks Road and one of them displayed a handgun.

Presque Isle Police Officers Rob Thibeault and Chris Hayes responded to the location, but the vehicles had taken off. The officers searched the city until they were notified of a single vehicle accident on Mechanic Street.

Selfridge said Richard Young II of Presque Isle had apparently gotten into a fight with his adult son.

The son got into a car and took off to try to avoid his father, but Young II chased his son in another vehicle. High speeds and dangerous driving were part of the chase, according to police. Police did not name the son, who was not charged with any violations.

The elder Young eventually struck a telephone pole on Mechanic Street. Members of the Presque Isle Fire Department had to used extrication equipment to remove Young II from the car before he was transported by a Crown Ambulance crew to The Aroostook Medical Center.

When he was released from the hospital Monday, Young II was charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger and criminal speed. Additional charges could be filed, as police are still investigating the gun incident, according to Selfridge.

Young II was released from police custody on personal recognizance bail and is expected in court in September.

Presque Isle Officer Peter Johnson assisted in the accident reconstruction phase.

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