POLICE BEAT

Glenburn motorcyclist accused of leading police on two high-speed chases

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 5:15 p.m.
Joshua Plummer
Joshua Plummer

BANGOR, Maine — Police arrested a Glenburn man Sunday after he allegedly led officers on two high-speed chases just minutes apart, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

Officer Joe Baillargeon attempted to pull over a speeding motorcyclist on State Street heading toward Broadway around 11:15 a.m. When Baillargeon turned on his siren, the motorcyclist, Joshua Plummer, 24, turned onto Broadway and accelerated toward Broadway Park, Edwards said.

Baillargeon began to chase the bike, but called off the pursuit because of heavy traffic and the motorcyclist’s reckless driving at more than 100 mph, according to the police report.

Officers recognized the motorcycle from previous incidents, Edwards said, and Baillargeon went to the motorcycle owner’s home. On the way, Baillargeon was informed that Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies had chased the same bike just minutes before the pursuit in Bangor.

Plummer did not own the bike, according to police, but the bike’s owner led police to him.

Plummer was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Monday evening. He faces a felony charge of eluding a police officer and misdemeanor charges of speeding 30 mph over the limit, driving to endanger, operating with a suspended license and violating bail conditions.

Other charges could be added, Edwards said. (Nick McCrea, BDN)

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