SEARSPORT, Maine — Police said that an allegedly intoxicated man trying to elude pursuing officers Sunday afternoon reached speeds higher than 80 miles per hour on a winding country road while driving with an infant in the vehicle.
Belfast police were called to investigate a report of domestic violence at a home on Patterson Hill in Belfast at about 2:30 p.m. When Officer Mike Rolerson responded, he met the vehicle he was looking for on the road, according to Sgt. Brian Lunt of the Belfast Police Department.
Rolerson turned to go after the other vehicle, which took off at high speed on Swan Lake Avenue. The vehicle, allegedly driven by Michael Libby, 29, of Liberty, passed another car on the right, nearly going off the road, Lunt said Monday. The speeding vehicle also sideswiped another vehicle while careening past Holmes’ Greenhouse in Belfast, according to the police report.
The driver continued on Back Searsport Road, and just before passing Andy’s Auto, hit a dirt embankment. After the vehicle came to a stop, the male driver fled on foot into the woods, Lunt said, adding that he was unable to share more details about the man’s alleged intoxication beyond the eventual criminal charge of aggravated operating under the influence.
Police found a 2-month-old infant and a woman in the vehicle. Both were uninjured after their wild ride, Lunt said.
Officer Merl Reed from the Searsport Police Department, Rolerson and Sgt. James Greeley from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office found Libby a short time after the end of the car chase. He was at Kinney’s Mobile Home Park in Searsport, Lunt said.
Police arrested Libby and issued a slew of charges, including aggravated operating under the influence, aggravated operating after revocation, endangering the welfare of a child, eluding, driving to endanger, criminal speeding, criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
He was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked and remained there on Monday, with bail set at $5,000 cash.