HOWLAND, Maine — A man who had a motorcycle permit for just three days was charged with leading state police on a chase from Orono on Interstate 95 Thursday that reached speeds of 150 mph before it ended with the motorcycle hitting a police cruiser at the town off-ramp.
Kyle Dube, 19, of Orono was charged Thursday with eluding police officers, driving to endanger and criminal speeding. Trooper Chris Hashey, the arresting officer, said he plans to submit an additional charge of passing a police roadblock to prosecutors.
Dube, who was wearing a helmet, slowed enough evading two partial roadblocks to apparently avoid injury in the crash. He refused hospitalization from Penobscot Valley Hospital paramedics at the scene, state police Sgt. David Millett said.
Troopers took Dube to Penobscot County Jail, where he was released on a $200 cash bail, a jail spokesman said.
Dube told Hashey after the crash that he evaded the trooper because “he was scared and just basically didn’t want a ticket,” Hashey said.
The crash caused at least $2,000 damage to the cruiser, Millett said.
Hashey said the incident began when he noticed an orange 2002 Yamaha motorcycle among a group of vehicles speeding northbound at about 90 mph while he was monitoring traffic at Orono’s Exit 193 at about 1 p.m.
Hashey said he was approaching the vehicles from behind with his lights and sirens off when the motorcycle broke away, hitting what Hashey clocked as 136 mph.
“Without me chasing him, he was already traveling at those speeds,” Hashey said.
Hashey engaged his lights and siren. With the pursuit under way, the motorcycle sped as fast as 150 mph, Hashey said.
Hashey and Millett, one of the supervisors monitoring the situation by radio, said the pursuit continued despite the extreme speed because the highway’s lack of traffic lessened the threat to public safety caused by the pursuit.
The traffic “was pretty smooth,” Hashey said.
Hashey said he also knew that several officers were setting roadblocks ahead of them, giving him a good chance of stopping the motorcycle.
“If we would have gone beyond a point where we had units set up, it might have been a different story,” Hashey said.
Dube evaded single-lane roadblocks set by Trooper Larry Anderson on I-95 just south of Exit 217 in Howland and Maine Game Warden Jim Fahey on the exit’s long off-ramp before crashing into Trooper Chris Cookson’s cruiser as Cookson was setting a roadblock on the off-ramp near LaGrange Road, Millett said.
Dube was issued his motorcycle learner’s permit on Monday. He is due at the Penobscot County Judicial Center on Aug. 16, Hashey said.