PARIS, Maine — A routine check turned into a wild ride for Paris police, the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police Saturday night.
According to officer Harry Sims of the Paris Police Department, he received a call at 11:35 p.m. to check on the welfare of Rory Lockard, 30, of Biddeford at the home of a family member on Mt. Mica Road.
Upon arrival, Sims said Lockard was sitting in a running Mazda SUV, having what he referred to as a “panic attack.”
Pulling alongside in the driveway of the home, Sims engaged Lockard to see if he was all right when Sims began screaming at him that he was “there to take my rights away.”
That is when, Sims said, Lockard drove off into an adjacent field and stopped. Getting out of his vehicle, Sims tried to approach Lockard before feeling like he was a “sitting duck.”
Sims returned to his vehicle until backup arrived. According to Sims, Lockard could see officers gathering to the right of the driveway.
Realizing he could not cross to the other side of the field, Sims said Lockard drove his vehicle straight back toward the driveway and Sim’s cruiser.
Sim’s said, “He’s going to hit me,” before backing his cruiser out of the way just enough for Lockard’s vehicle to barely get by.
Lockard took a left out of the driveway, away from waiting officers and right onto spike mats.
From there, Sims said, it was a slow pursuit, with cars blocking in Lockard while traveling at only 30 to 35 mph. Two miles from where Lockard hit the spike mats, he finally came to a stop.
Still not ready to give up, Lockard resisted officers who tried to remove him from the vehicle, causing them to Tase him.
Sims said Lockard was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He was not taken into custody Saturday night, but received his summons in the hospital.
Lockard has been charged with eluding, passing a police roadblock, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, refusal to submit to arrest and violation of bail.