Man accused of theft, fleeing from police after allegedly taking two Orono street signs

Posted March 01, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — Police say an Orono man who was walking on College Avenue carrying two town street signs took off on foot when spotted early Friday, but officers eventually tracked him down.

Anthony Proia, 18, was out for a post-midnight stroll near the University of Maine campus when Orono police Sgt. Scott Lajoie observed him carrying Riverdale Road and University Place street signs, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said.

When Lajoie pulled alongside Proia in his cruiser, Proia put the signs down but decided to run away, according to Ewing.

Lajoie jumped out of his squad car and gave pursuit, the captain said, following the suspect’s footprints behind a University fraternity house.

Proia was found by Lajoie in nearby woods, but Proia, who had been drinking, apparently had plenty of energy left as he took off again, Ewing said.

Sgt. Scott Scripture intercepted him and Proia was quickly captured and taken into custody, Ewing said.

Proia was charged with theft and refusing to submit to arrest and taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained on Friday morning.

Ewing said both street signs were recovered by police.

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