OLD TOWN, Maine — A Harpswell man who reportedly kept driving for three miles after a Maine State Police trooper tried to get him to pull over was arrested Friday evening on charges of drunken driving and failure to stop for police.
William Mangum, 66, was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest, Trooper Christopher Cookson said. Mangum’s two English pointers, who were in kennels in the back of his 2011 Chevrolet pickup, were taken to the Old Town Animal Orphanage for safekeeping pending Mangum’s release on bail.
Cookson said police were asked to keep an eye out for Mangum after emergency dispatchers received reports that he was driving erratically in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.
“He was driving into the grass” along the Interstate, reportedly unable to keep his pickup within the painted lane lines, Cookson said.
Cookson said he set up to wait for Mangum’s truck near mile marker 200 in Alton and when he spotted it, pulled in behind it and activated the lights on his police car.
Mangum, however, kept driving, prompting other police officers farther down the road — including a fellow state trooper who was preparing to set up spike mats — to get ready to join the effort to stop him, Cookson said.
That became unnecessary when Mangum finally stopped near mile marker 197 in Old Town, Cookson said. Cookson said he was assisted by members of the Old Town Police Department and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department.