May 23, 2018
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Woman leads police on footchase through Bangor McDonald’s after attempted traffic stop

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who led police on an Independence Day foot pursuit through a McDonald’s is facing a felony charge, according to police.

Nicole Welch, 30, was traveling down Main Street just after 5 p.m. Wednesday when Bangor police Officer Jason Linkletter observed studded snow tires on her van, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards.

When Linkletter activated the lights on his cruiser, Welch sped onto Sydney Street and into the back parking lot of McDonald’s, Edwards said.

Linkletter pursued the suspect into the restaurant’s front door, at which point Welch took off running out the back door, through the parking lot and up a small hill before surrendering, the sergeant said.

A subsequent interview with Welch determined that her license had been revoked, and she was arrested and charged with operating after revocation, a Class C felony. She was also cited for operating a motor vehicle with studded tires out of season, Edwards said.

Welch was booked into Penobscot County Jail, where she remained Thursday morning.

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