Brewer bicyclist wanted on warrant found hiding in bushes, police say

Posted July 03, 2012, at 10:06 p.m.
Craig Pelkey
Craig Pelkey

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer man who tried elude a Bangor police officer late Saturday night was arrested after a passer-by spotted him in some bushes and notified the officer.

Craig Pelkey, 44, who was arrested on an active warrant, also is facing a charge of unlawful drug possession, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday, citing a police report.

Pelkey came to the attention of Bangor police Officer Shawn Green when the officer reportedly saw Pelkey riding his bicycle on Willow Street and thought he recognized the bicyclist as someone wanted on a warrant.

Green asked a dispatcher to check into that and when the warrant was confirmed, Green drove around the block looking for Pelkey. When Green pulled over on nearby Center Street, the officer saw Pelkey, bicycle in hand, running toward Jefferson Street, which also is in the vicinity, Edwards said. Green then saw Pelkey headed toward South Park Street and off toward Market Street, at which point he lost sight of the wanted man.

Shortly after that, a passer-by told Green that he saw a man with a bicycle hiding in the bushes near South Park Street. Green went over to investigate and found Pelkey lying in a pile of mulch.

A short distance from Pelkey’s hiding spot, Bangor police Officer Kim Donnell found a prescription drug bottle not belonging to Pelkey containing Carbatrol, an anti-convulsant and mood-stabilizing drug; and Focalin, a stimulant typically used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Last weekend’s arrest wasn’t the first for Pelkey, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

Last fall, Bangor police charged him with carrying a concealed weapon after they found a collapsible baton in his fanny pack.

In December of last year, Pelkey was arrested after Bangor police responding to a medical call found him in a Kenduskeag Avenue apartment in possession of drug paraphernalia and the synthetic drug bath salts and charged him with unlawful possession of synthetic drugs. They also arrested him on an outstanding warrant.

In February, Pelkey was sentenced to 30 days in jail for carrying a concealed weapon, 30 days in jail for each of two counts of violating bail conditions and fined $400 for unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenics, $400.

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