May 25, 2018
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Speeding UMaine student arrested after failing to stop for officer, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — A University of Maine student who was speeding downtown early Friday morning didn’t stop for an Old Town police officer who was following him with his blue lights and sirens on, Capt. Kyle Smart said Monday.

Seth Smith, 21, who lives on campus, was spotted by Officer Ryan Fitch going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone at about 12:30 a.m., when Fitch activated his cruiser’s lights and started to pursue him, the police captain said.

“The radar got as high as 62 mph,” Smart said.

Smith got onto Stillwater Avenue, heading toward Orono. Fitch followed, but there was a car between him and Smith for a stretch, so he radioed ahead to Orono police for help. Smith reached speeds as high as 83 mph before slowing to turn left onto College Avenue, where he ran a red light and crossed the centerline, Smart said.

Shortly after making the turn, Smith stopped his vehicle.

“He admitted to drinking in Old Town and he admitted to speeding, but not as fast as Officer Fitch reported,” Smart said. “He said he didn’t think the officer was behind him or trying to stop him.”

Smith, who smelled of alcohol, and was given an Intoxilyzer test that showed his blood alcohol level was twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08, Smart said.

He was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, speeding in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit, and failing to stop for a law enforcement officer. He also was given a red light violation warning, the police captain said.

Smith was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and later released, Smart said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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