Man arrested after allegedly crashing motorcycle in attempt to escape law

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 1:22 p.m.

ORLAND, Maine — After leading a high-speed chase, crashing his motorcycle and hiding in the woods for a few hours, an Orrington man was arrested Monday at an Orland campground.

Hancock County Sheriff Deputy Shane Campbell was called to Balsam Cove Campground around 11 a.m. to respond to a man who had arrived to “torment” the caller’s family. When Campbell arrived, the suspect, Kenneth Ladd, 46, of Orrington, was riding his motorcycle.

Ladd refused to stop for Campbell and bolted away on his bike, speeding away through the campground until he crashed into a few small trees and a sign post, Lt. Tim Cote of the sheriff’s office said Wednesday. Ladd then ran into the woods to evade officers.

Backup from the sheriff’s office and Ellsworth Police Department arrived, but the suspect was nowhere to be found. Officers continued to patrol the area, and a few hours later, around 3 p.m., Ladd emerged from the woods and was arrested.

Ladd had some scrapes and scratches after his crash, Cote said, but was otherwise uninjured. He was charged with driving to endanger and failure to stop for a police officer and brought to Hancock County Jail. He is currently free on $500 unsecured bail.

Both charges are Class E crimes, punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

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