CARMEL, Maine — The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for two Carmel residents who fled into the woods Wednesday afternoon while a deputy was checking to see if they were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.
The suspects were identified as Jason Phillips, 29, and Sidney Wilcox, 24, Sgt. William Sheehan said Tuesday evening.
Sheehan said that sheriff’s Deputy Garrit McKee spotted the pair in the parking lot of Dick’s Mini Mart on Route 2 in Carmel and, aware that they might be wanted, asked a dispatcher from the Penobscot Regional Communications Center to check if they had warrants, which was the case.
While McKee was checking for warrants, the two fled on foot into the nearby woods, he said. Additional deputies, state police and a tracking dog were called to the area to help look for the pair, Sheehan said. The search was abandoned after about an hour and a half, he said.
Sheehan said the warrants on which the suspects currently are wanted are for relatively low-level crimes and that there is no cause for public concern.
Phillips is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, Sheehan said. Wilcox stands 5 feet 2 inches and has blond hair and blue eyes, he said.
Both have criminal histories, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.
Phillips was arrested in 2003 after he reportedly led Bangor police and officers from Penobscot County and the Maine State Police on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 130 mph.
The chase started in Bangor, continued south on Interstate 95, switched back north in Carmel and ended at the dead end on Main Trail Road in Hampden, according to a report published at that time. Phillips also was accused of assaulting a female passenger who was in the car at the time.
The chase reportedly began when Bangor police attempted to pull Phillips over for allegedly running a red light at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Broadway and resulted in his arrest on charges of criminal speeding, assault, operating after suspension, eluding police, passing a roadblock and driving to endanger.
Wilcox’s criminal history includes a bail violation conviction in May 2012. In April of 2011, she received a 30-day jail sentence and two years of probation for convictions of theft, burglary of motor vehicle, theft by receiving stolen property and a 30-day sentence for a conviction for misuse of identification.
In 2010, Wilson was given two 30-day jail sentences for theft and for carrying a concealed weapon and in 2008, she was fined $250 for operating vehicle while her license suspended or revoked and $150 for attaching false plates.
If located, Phillips and Wilcox could face additional charges, Sheehan said.
Anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts should call the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 945-4635, Sheehan said.