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Late-night family emergency results in speeding charge, arrest for Steuben couple

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — A woman and her husband speeding to help a family member in Massachusetts had their late-night trip end with a criminal speeding charge and the arrest of the husband.

“At 1:45 Wednesday morning [late Tuesday night], officer Chris Greeley was monitoring Route 1A and recorded a 2011 Chevy pickup truck with its flashers on going 76 in a 45 miles per hour zone,” said Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell.

The driver, Gertrude Seavey, 55, of Steuben, told Greeley she had an emergency in Massachusetts involving a family member who had been in an accident, and that she and her husband — Philip Seavey, 56, of Steuben — were “rushing to be with him,” Fizell said.

While running a check, Greeley discovered that Gertrude Seavey had a protection order on her husband, who was not to have any contact with her.

”Gertrude said it was her fault he was there because she asked him to go with her,” Fizell said. “They’d resolved the issues involving the protection order and she intended to drop the order, but hadn’t gotten to it yet.

“But because the order was still in effect, Phil was arrested for violating it.”

Gertrude Seavey was issued a criminal speed citation and Philip was taken into custody before being bailed out and released later that morning. Both will make court appearances at Penobscot Judicial Center on Dec. 13, 2012.

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