May 26, 2018
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13-year-old leads police on ‘erratic’ chase along Interstate 295

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

FREEPORT, Maine — A 13-year-old boy who police say took his parents’ car without permission eluded police from Gardiner to Freeport on Monday afternoon before officers ordered him from the vehicle at gunpoint.

At the time officers apprehended the boy, police were unclear about his place of residence, but he lives in either in Farmingdale or Gardiner, according to Topsham police Lt. Frederick Dunn.

The youth allegedly took a red 2004 GMC Envoy from his father’s home in Gardiner and drove onto Interstate 295 headed south. He had just turned 13, Dunn said.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the vehicle traveling erratically and Deputy Dale Hamilton encountered the Envoy about two miles from the Topsham exit, Dunn said.

The boy eluded Hamilton, who attempted to pull him over until his speed reached 80 or 90 mph, according to Dunn. Topsham police saw the Envoy at Exit 31 in Topsham and pursued him until speeds reached 97 mph.

Freeport police then joined the pursuit, and cruisers from all three departments followed the vehicle onto the Exit 22 off-ramp in Freeport, where the Envoy drove into the median and came to rest in the southbound on-ramp.

Officers boxed the car in with their cruisers, and ordered the boy to get out of the car. One officer had his weapon drawn, according to Dunn.

The boy was charged with unauthorized use of property, eluding an officer and operating without a license.

He was taken to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. His court date wasn’t immediately available.

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