June 24, 2018
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Woolwich man pepper-sprayed, hospitalized after police chase through 3 communities

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Woolwich man led police on a moderate-speed chase through Bath, Brunswick, Topsham and back to Maine Street in Brunswick early Friday afternoon before he was taken into custody near Fort Andross.

Colby Carr, 24, was charged with driving to endanger, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, said Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department. After being apprehended, Carr was taken to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment and mental health evaluation.

Maine Marine Patrol Officer Clint Thompson was driving south on Route 1 in Bath, with lights and sirens on, en route to an emergency in Harpswell, when he noticed a white Ford Ranger tailgating him, according to Hagan.

Brunswick Police Officer Julia Gillespie attempted to stop the Ranger, but Carr, the driver, allegedly did not yield and drove across the Route 196 bridge into Topsham.

Carr allegedly drove over several median strips and headed south on Main Street in the northbound lane.

Topsham police took over the pursuit and followed Carr down Main Street, over the Frank J. Wood Bridge to Maine Street in Brunswick, where Carr got stuck in traffic, Hagan said.

Brunswick police officers surrounded the Ranger near Fort Andross. When Carr allegedly refused to emerge from the vehicle, police sprayed him with pepper spray. After a brief fight, he was taken into custody

A Brunswick Rescue crew took Carr to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment of effects of the pepper spray, a cut to the head from the fight and a mental health concern, Hagan said.

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