Aroostook County man found nearly a week after running from police

Christopher Bragg
Christopher Bragg
Posted July 13, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A Perham man who bolted from police on July 7 when the car he was riding in was pulled over was arrested on Wednesday.

Caribou Police Chief Mike Gahagan said Christopher Bragg, 29, was spotted Wednesday in a vehicle being driven by 25-year-old Roger Simard near the Washburn Road. After the vehicle stopped at a home on the Washburn Road, Caribou Police Officers Corey Saucier, Keith Ouellette and Mark Gahagan, and Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Maine Warden Service surrounded the property.

Bragg came out a short time later and surrendered without incident.

The hunt for Bragg began last Thursday after the car he was riding in was stopped by police on Limestone Street in Caribou. The officer who stopped the vehicle discovered that Bragg had six outstanding warrants out for his arrest for a variety of charges, including domestic violence and failure to pay fines.

The officer was about to take him into custody when Bragg jumped out of the car and ran away into a wooded area. The department launched a ground search and the U.S. Border Patrol searched by air, but Bragg was not found.

The next day, police appealed to the public for assistance in locating Bragg. On Wednesday, Gahagan thanked the public for the calls and tips regarding Bragg’s whereabouts, adding that they were what ultimately led to his arrest.

Bragg was charged Wednesday with escape and violation of conditions of release. He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.

Simard also was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension for helping Bragg evade law enforcement. He posted $1,000 cash bail and also is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.

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