June 18, 2018
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Police: Man running from officer falls 40 feet off UMF roof

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Farmington man was seriously injured early Tuesday morning after falling 40 feet onto pavement from the roof of the Emery Community Arts Building on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Charges are pending against Devon Pease, 21, upon his release from the hospital, Sgt. Brock Caton, interim Chief of Police for the UMF Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday.

A second man, Joshua Farthing, 25, of Panama City, Florida, was issued a summons for criminal trespass and released after Farmington Fire and Rescue used a ladder truck to help get him down from the arts center, Caton said.

The two men had climbed onto the roof of Dearborn Gym at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy Colt Sleaster of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling on Middle Street when he saw the two men on the gym roof, he said.

He notified Officer Levi Gould of the campus police department and ordered the two men to come down off the roof. They ignored the order and ran onto the roof of the Emery Arts Center, which is attached to Dearborn Gym, Caton said.

Gould found access to the roof to find the men.

“In an attempt to evade the officer, Pease attempted to climb down the north side of the building,” Caton said. “Pease lost his grip and fell approximately 40 feet to the pavement below, sustaining serious injuries.”

Sleaster made it to Pease side within seconds of his fall and requested an ambulance. Farmington Police Officer Justin Blais arrived and stayed with Pease until NorthStar paramedics arrived and transported him to Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Sleaster and Gould continued to search and found Farthing on the roof of the Emery Community Arts Center.

The investigation continues and more charges may be pending, Caton said.

Pease and Farthing are not students at UMF, Caton said.

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