AUGUSTA, Maine — A Waterville man who escaped to Connecticut after leading central Maine police on a high-speed pursuit has been returned to Kennebec County to face charges.
Ernest Almeida, 31, made his initial court appearance on May 31 in Augusta to face charges of eluding an officer, operating after revocation and driving to endanger, Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Thursday.
Almeida’s next court date is scheduled for July 30, but Maloney said that could take place earlier in the month.
“We’re looking at whether to bring the case to the grand jury” in the second week of July, Maloney said.
On May 16, Almeida was spotted pulling into a Waterville fast-food restaurant and fled when police approached his vehicle. He was pursued from Waterville into Fairfield and Skowhegan before eluding capture.
A day after the pursuit, he was taken into custody aboard an Amtrak train in Connecticut when an off-duty FBI agent on board overhead Almeida bragging about running from the law.
Almeida faces up to five years in prison on the Class C felony charges of eluding an officer and operating after revocation and an additional six months on the driving to endanger charge.
Maloney said Almeida is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. If released, his bail conditions will prohibit him from driving, and he will have a curfew, she said.