Elderly driver leads police on low-speed pursuit

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 06, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.

FALMOUTH, Maine — An elderly man who police believe was suffering from a medical condition Thursday afternoon reportedly is OK after he led them on a slow-speed pursuit.

Robert Millington, 77, of South Portland was clocked going 52 mph in a 35-mph zone on Middle Road around 3 p.m. Thursday, according to Falmouth police Lt. John Kilbride.

When Sgt. George Savage tried to stop Millington, he took off in his blue Dodge pickup. Millington’s truck stopped briefly on Lunt Road after he turned onto that street from Middle Road, the lieutenant said.

That’s when the pickup reportedly started to weave into oncoming traffic. Kilbride said Millington came close to hitting six cars after turning from Lunt Road onto Falmouth Road.

Police eventually got Millington stopped and boxed the truck in. Millington reportedly put the vehicle in reverse and hit Savage’s front bumper, but the cruiser received minimal damage, according to Kilbride.

Officers could tell Millington appeared confused, as he had the heater on in his truck on a humid afternoon.

“It must’ve been 300 degrees in the truck,” Kilbride said.

Millington was taken to Maine Medical Center to be checked out and later was released.

Charges are unlikely in connection with the chase, Kilbride said.

“All indications are that he was [suffering from a medical problem],” said Kilbride.

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