Short pursuit leads to arrest of Easton man

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 26, 2012, at 6:21 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — An Aroostook County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a short pursuit on Interstate 95, according to police.

Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers said authorities were sent to Dysart’s restaurant to “check on the well-being” of Mark Gilbert, 49, of Easton.

Rogers said Hampden police had received a teletype from Aroostook County that someone believed to be a family member had expressed concern about Gilbert’s well-being.

“All we get is the information about the driver and the vehicle he’s operating to check to make sure that he’s OK,” said Rogers, adding that it also gives police probable cause to stop the vehicle.

When police saw Gilbert’s vehicle, he took off and headed north on I-95, Rogers said. The pursuit lasted about a mile until Gilbert pulled over and was taken into custody by Officer Bill Miller.

Rogers said that Gilbert’s vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed.

Gilbert was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with eluding an officer, a Class C offense. He later was released on bail.

Gilbert’s first court appearance is scheduled for March 15.

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