May 22, 2018
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Ellsworth police say fleeing suspect in traffic stop led them to marijuana plot

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — What could have been a routine traffic stop ended with a foot chase and the discovery of a small marijuana-growing operation, according to Ellsworth police.

Officer Chad Wilmot attempted to pull over a vehicle that was allegedly speeding on Bayside Road early Saturday morning, according to a police report. The driver, Michael Haynes, 19, refused to stop and continued driving to his residence at Gameston Park Road.

Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page said that when Haynes pulled into his driveway, Wilmot saw a passenger — later identified as Mickey Manning, 21, of Sullivan — get out of the car and flee into the woods. Wilmot pursued Manning to no avail, but found five marijuana plants growing in a wooded plot behind Haynes’ home.

Wilmot returned to Haynes and searched his vehicle, in which he found containers of Bud Light beer. Haynes was arrested on a charge of failure to stop for a law enforcement officer and issued summonses for cultivation of marijuana, illegal transportation of liquor by a minor and speeding.

Haynes was booked in Hancock County Jail around 2 a.m. Saturday and released on $350 unsecured bail.

Page said Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Morang caught up with Manning at his Sullivan home Sunday and issued him a summons for violation of bail conditions.

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