June 19, 2018
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OUI suspect in Bar Harbor charged after being chased, subdued with pepper spray

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A police officer reportedly chased a suspect through the woods early Sunday morning and then subdued him with pepper spray before arresting the man for drinking and driving.

Elliott Wheaton, 24, of Tucson, Ariz., had been driving through Bar Harbor about 1 a.m. when a police officer on patrol noticed that he repeatedly pulled into motels, some of which were closed for the season, according to Sgt. Shaun Farrar of the Bar Harbor Police Department.

After several of these brief parking lot visits, the officer followed Wheaton as he drove onto Ledgewood Road and then the officer turned his blue lights on to pull Wheaton over.

Instead of complying, Wheaton parked in the driveway of an empty house that was for sale, got out of his vehicle and ran into the woods, Farrar said.

After chasing Wheaton for about a quarter of a mile across Route 3 and then back into the woods, the officer was able to catch him. The officer sprayed Wheaton with pepper spray because he was being noncompliant, according to the police report.

Wheaton was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol. He had a blood alcohol content level of 0.14 percent, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Wheaton was taken to Hancock County Jail to be booked.

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