MADAWASKA, Maine — A transient with ties to Madawaska was arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole a vehicle to drive himself to the hospital.
Andrew Stewart, 26, who is from southern Maine, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking, according to officer Danielle Levesque of the Madawaska Police Department.
The 2000 Ford Windstar was last seen by its owner around 9 p.m. Wednesday and reported stolen at 8:12 a.m. Thursday.
Stewart was spotted driving the vehicle by members of the U.S. Border Patrol around 10:45 a.m. on Brisse Coulotte Road in Frenchville, Levesque said.
The officers followed Stewart, who Levesque said was driving at the posted speed limit, until he hit a patch of ice and went off the road.
The officers detained Stewart at the scene until members of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department arrived and arrested him and turned him over to the Madawaska Police Department.
Levesque said Stewart indicated he had injured himself Wednesday evening and said he needed a ride to Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.
Stewart told the officer he found the keys in the Windstar and drove it to NMMC where he was treated and released for the unspecified injury.
Stewart was not injured when the stolen van went off the road and the vehicle, which was towed back to Madawaska, was not damaged, Levesque said.
Stewart is being held without bail at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
“This was a great effort by all agencies involved in this case,” Levesque said Thursday afternoon. “It showed real teamwork.”