Brunswick man accused of threatening police with clam rake after low-speed chase

Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 1:43 p.m.
Abraham Chipman
Abraham Chipman

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A local man who led police on a low-speed chase through Brunswick on Monday morning was eventually taken into custody outside Parkview Adventist Medical Center after allegedly threatening officers with a clam rake and asking them to shoot him.

Abraham Chipman, 35, of 76 Maine St., was charged with failure to stop for an officer, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and driving to endanger, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said Thursday.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies alerted Brunswick police just after 2 p.m. Monday that a motorcycle operated by Chipman had failed to stop for them after he almost caused a crash in Harpswell, according to Hagan said.

Officers were asked to hold Chipman if they encountered him, and not long after, Officer Jason McCarthy saw Chipman on Maine Street in Brunswick and held him until Cumberland County deputies arrived and issued a summons.

Just after 3:30 p.m., McCarthy stopped Chipman again on Maine Street, this time driving a truck.

Hagan said Chipman “jumped out of his truck and started yelling at McCarthy, saying he was harassing him.” After McCarthy ordered him back into his truck, Chipman allegedly spun his tires and drove off.

McCarthy followed him at a slow speed along Potter, Page and Union streets, where Chipman allegedly stopped and started several times before shouting for McCarthy to “follow him to Parkview,” which McCarthy did.

When they arrived at the hospital, McCarthy, along with two other officers, boxed in Chipman’s truck. He allegedly locked the door and refused to come out.

“At one point, he grabbed a clam rake and started threatening the officers with it,” Hagan said. “He did at one point tell us to shoot him.”

Police eventually broke the truck window, removed Chipman and placed him in handcuffs.

McCarthy suffered a cut to his arm and was treated at Mid Coast Hospital.

Chipman was admitted to Mid Coast Hospital for evaluation of a cut to his head sustained during the scuffle and “a suspected psychological issue,” Hagan said.

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