HERMON, Maine — A Linneus man who was seen speeding down Odlin Road just before 1 a.m. Sunday led police on a high-speed chase and then ditched his car behind Dysart’s truck stop, Sgt. Michael Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said.
“He refused to stop,” the sergeant said. “He hit the median at the junction of Emerson Mill Road and Coldbrook Road and it took out a tire and his transmission.”
Christopher Coty, 31, continued to drive toward the White House Inn and bailed out of the black sedan just before arriving.
“I found his cellphone in the car,” Burgess said, adding that Maine State Police Trooper Seth Edwards and his tracking dog were called in to search the area to no avail.
Coty’s girlfriend called his phone and police answered. They later learned that Coty was staying at a hotel with her. He was with his girlfriend when he turned himself in to police Sunday afternoon, about 12 hours after the initial search, the sergeant said.
Coty, who was arrested on Friday on an outstanding warrant, was arrested again around 1:40 p.m. Sunday and charged with eluding an officer, aggravated operating after being a habitual offender, and violating bail conditions.
He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained there Wednesday afternoon, a jail official said.