Driver dead in Molunkus crash after possible chase

State police Trooper Larry Anderson takes measurements from the sedan that veered from Aroostook Road and crashed in Molunkus Township on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
State police Trooper Larry Anderson takes measurements from the sedan that veered from Aroostook Road and crashed in Molunkus Township on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, at 11:43 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 27, 2013, at 7:15 a.m.
State police Trooper Larry Anderson takes measurements from the sedan that veered from Aroostook Road and crashed in Molunkus Township on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
State police Trooper Larry Anderson takes measurements from the sedan that veered from Aroostook Road and crashed in Molunkus Township on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

MOLUNKUS, Maine — An unidentified man was killed when the vehicle he was driving veered off Aroostook Road and hit a utility pole, possibly while police were chasing him.

Medway Fire Chief Brian McLaughlin confirmed that the accident was a fatality. He said his department, Mattawamkeag Ambulance and Lincoln Ambulance were called about 8:30 p.m. When they arrived, Maine State Police told them that a man was dead, and to stand by.

A hunter from New Jersey vacationing in a cabin along the road said he and his friend were eating dinner when they saw a car driving by at a very high rate of speed.

About 500 yards behind the car was a police cruiser, its lights flashing, he said. “There was a decent amount of space between them. He [the police officer] was not pushing it.”

Within seconds of the cars passing, lights on the street flickered and went off before a campground generator restored electricity, the hunter said. Then ambulances and firefighters drove by.

A state trooper at the scene said investigators would be reconstructing the accident, and state police would have a statement within a few hours.

A van from Clay’s Funeral Home arrived at nearly 11 p.m.

Molunkus is a very small town in Aroostook County near the Penobscot County line and Medway.

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