Portland man facing multiple charges after vehicle pursuit

Posted Sept. 10, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man is facing multiple charges after an alleged vehicle theft, police said.

Timothy Berry, 19, was heading southbound in a Honda Accord on Route 1 shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday when South Portland police Officer Chris Gosling ran the plates and found out they belonged to a Ford pickup truck, according to Lt. Frank Clark.

Believing the plates were attached illegally, Gosling stopped Berry’s vehicle, but he quickly took off down Route 1, according to Clark.

As the fleeing car continued to accelerate, Gosling called off the pursuit in the Thornton Heights section of Main Street, Clark said, but a short time later, Sgt. Kevin Gerrish came across the same vehicle heading eastbound on Broadway.

Gerrish attempted to stop Berry on the Maine Turnpike spur, but he fled yet again, entering the Maine Turnpike, as Gerrish discontinued the chase, Clark said.

At 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, Berry was found on foot on Brighton Avenue in Portland after police there responded to a business alarm at a car business, Clark said.

Gosling responded and was able to identify Berry as the Honda’s operator. The vehicle was found in the Barron Center parking lot a short time later.

Berry was arrested and charged with illegal attachment of registration plates, eluding a police officer, violating conditions of release and operating without a license, Clark said. He was out on bail on burglary and theft charges stemming from a July arrest in which Berry stole a vehicle from Yankee Ford in South Portland.

The Honda Berry was driving was allegedly stolen from Brunswick Ford, Clark said, and additional charges are pending.

Berry is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.

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