Motorcycle pursuit lands Levant man behind bars

Posted July 14, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Levant man who reportedly led officers from two departments on a chase from Levant into Bangor is facing charges of criminal speeding and eluding police.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy David Quinn was on patrol on Route 222 in the early morning hours of July 8 when he reportedly clocked Mathew Dean, 23, going 72 mph in a 35 mph zone on his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Dean, who was traveling eastbound and not wearing a helmet, subsequently was pulled over, and when the deputy stopped behind him, he took off toward the Queen City, according to Quinn, who was backed up by another sheriff’s unit and Bangor police.

Dean eventually was stopped on Maine Avenue near the General Electric building, was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he made bail.

Quinn said the main reason Dean was traveling at such a high rate of speed was “he was late for work.”

Dean’s first court appearance for the criminal speeding count is set for Aug. 11 in Newport, while he’ll face a judge in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor for the eluding charge later that month.

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