June 25, 2018
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Wanted man suspected of leading police chase arrested in Brunswick

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
Charles I. McKenney
By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 26-year-old man who led police from four agencies on a two-hour foot chase throughout downtown Brunswick on Tuesday afternoon was arrested Thursday night after Brunswick police surrounded his girlfriend’s house on Davis Court.

Charles I. McKenney, 26, was charged Thursday night on West Bath District Court warrants because he allegedly failed to pay fines on previous convictions for operating under the influence and theft, Brunswick police Capt. Mark Waltz said Friday.

Brunswick police also summoned McKenney for operating after license suspension and failure to stop for an officer in connection with Tuesday’s chase.

Thursday’s arrest follows a chase Tuesday afternoon that originated at the same Davis Court home and involved Brunswick and Topsham police, a canine unit, fire personnel and a Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputy.

Police sought McKenney on a warrant for failing to appear after he was indicted in a felony theft charge in connection with an incident on Middle Street in Brunswick this spring, Waltz said.

When police went to a reported dispute on Davis Street on Tuesday afternoon and found McKenney at the home, he allegedly fled from the scene. Officers chased him onto the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, then called for assistance from other agencies before continuing the pursuit along Longfellow Avenue, through Bowdoin College, down Maine Street and into a pond on Richards Drive. He last was seen Tuesday on Zeitler Farm Road.

Waltz said McKenney called Brunswick police on Wednesday and said he would turn himself in at the station later that day, but failed to do so. Instead, McKenney apparently appeared at Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland and was released pending a new court date.

However, McKenney still was wanted on the outstanding West Bath District Court warrants, which led to Thursday’s arrest.

Just after 6 p.m., “Officers set up a perimeter around the residence,” Waltz said, but McKenney’s girlfriend, Jill Burwell, 29, allegedly refused to acknowledge McKenney was inside her home. Waltz said that after officers shouted to McKenney that they planned to arrest Burwell, he emerged from the home.

Burwell was charged with hindering apprehension and was released on bail at the Brunswick police station.

Police took McKenney to Cumberland County Jail.

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Correction: A previous version of this story contained an error. Jill Burwell was not taken to Cumberland County Jail after her arrest for hindering apprehension, but instead was released on bail at the Brunswick police station.

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