DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft man whose license was revoked because of his habitual offender status was arrested Monday afternoon after trying to outrun police — at first in a pickup truck and then, after he crashed it, on foot.
Jeremy Wheaton, 34, is facing charges of operating after revocation and violating the conditions of his bail from a prior arrest, Dover-Foxcroft police Officer Todd Lyford said early Monday evening.
Wheaton was being held at Piscataquis County Jail pending a court appearance, Lyford said. He said that the incident remains under investigation and that Wheaton may face additional charges after the district attorney’s office reviews the case.
According to Lyford, the trouble for Wheaton began about 4 p.m., when Lyford spotted Wheaton behind the wheel of his mother’s 2007 Chevrolet pickup — despite the fact that Wheaton had been arrested two weeks earlier on a charge of driving after revocation.
After Lyford saw him, Wheaton took off at what Lyford described as “a high rate of speed.” Lyford said he wasn’t able to clock the truck’s speed because he wasn’t able to get close enough.
Lyford followed the pickup from Dexter Road to Starbird Siding Road and onto Sangerville Line Road to the curved section where it turns into Shaw Road, where Wheaton lost control of the pickup and rolled it.
Lyford said he did not see Wheaton crash the truck.
“He was that far ahead,” he said.
Wheaton then ran away from the crash scene into a thickly wooded, swampy area, Lyford said. Lyford called for a tracking dog but canceled the request when Wheaton emerged from the woods on his own.
Wheaton, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries in the rollover, the officer said. He was checked out by emergency rescue personnel, who determined he did not require a trip to the hospital, and then taken to jail.
The pickup, which appeared to have rolled completely over, came to a rest on its tires. It was demolished, Lyford said.