POLICE BEAT

Three face charges after foot chase in Brewer

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 10:50 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Two men who were passengers in a car that was pulled over on South Main Street were arrested Monday night after leading local and county police on a foot chase.

Foster Kane, 46, who was wanted on four active warrants, was charged with refusing to submit to arrest or detention, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Tuesday, citing an arrest report. Moffitt said Kane is a transient from the Bangor area.

Brian Dunbar, 44, of Waldoboro was charged with failure to submit to arrest or detention and violating the conditions of his release from a prior, unrelated arrest, Moffitt said.

Kane remained at Penobscot County Jail late Tuesday night, a jail official confirmed. Dunbar, however, was released after a court appearance Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

A third person, 24-year-old Tina Ruest of Bangor, was charged but not arrested in connection with the incident after officers found her in unlawful possession of the muscle relaxer Flexeril, Moffitt said.

Moffitt said the episode that led to the arrests and charges began shortly before 9 p.m. when Brewer police Officer Eduardo Benjamin pulled over a vehicle near the Big Apple because one of its headlights was out. Five people, two of whom were not charged, were inside the vehicle at the time.

While Benjamin was trying to determine the identities of the driver and passengers and see if any of them had warrants, Foster and Dunbar reportedly got out of the car and took off running.

Among the police officers who converged on the area to help catch the suspects were Brewer police Cpl. Steve Boyd and Officer Rodney Gerald and Deputy Daren Mason of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, Moffitt said.

Dunbar’s flight to freedom ended after he jumped a fence and shortly after was tackled by Benjamin, Moffitt said.

Kane made it as far as the city children’s garden, located behind Dead River Co., before he was captured by Gerald and Mason, Moffitt said.

Moffitt said Dunbar told the officer that he bolted in order to “buy time” for Kane, whom he knew had warrants out on him.

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