Police charge Old Town woman after chase

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 6:01 p.m.

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — An Old Town woman was charged early Tuesday morning after a police chase on U.S. Route 1 that ended when officials used spike mats to slow her down.

Rebecca Sawyer, 33, evidently had crashed a vehicle in Verona Island and then gotten a ride from a truck driver, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Sawyer then reportedly stole a vehicle in Searsport, he said. The Searsport Police Department put out a bulletin for a stolen vehicle, and Deputy Darren Moody of the sheriff’s office spotted it shortly thereafter on Route 1 heading toward Bucksport.

“He attempted to stop her, and a pursuit took place,” Trafton said.

Sawyer reached speeds of about 75 miles per hour during the chase but didn’t stop until officers from the Bucksport Police Department put down spike mats and deflated two of her tires.

She was taken to an emergency room, though not for physical injuries, Trafton said.

The sheriff’s office charged her with failure to stop for a police officer.

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