BANGOR, Maine — An area transient is behind bars after what began as a traffic stop Friday morning and ended in a failed flight from police, officials say.
The series of events that led to the Trevor Lyons, 28, began about 11 a.m., when Bangor police Officer Jeremy Brock tried to pull Lyons over in near Bower and Drummond streets, Sgt. Rob Angelo said Friday evening, citing an arrest report.
“When he saw Officer Brock turn toward him, he dumped the car and took off running,” Angelo said. Lyons also left behind two female passengers and his jacket, which held his ID, “so it was easy to identify him. We wound up scooping him up down the street three or four minutes later.”
Lyons is charged with operating after suspension, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, refusing to stop for a police officer, not having a valid inspection sticker, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Angelo said the vehicle Lyons was driving was towed and the two passengers were sent on their way. The women were not charged in connection with the incident.
Friday’s arrest was not Lyons’ first for attempting to bolt from police. In May of 2011, he was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and escape as well as refusal to submit to arrest and driving without a license, according to an account of the incident from the Bangor Daily News archives. He also was wanted on an active warrant at the time of his arrest.
That incident began with a minor motor vehicle collision. Bangor police officers determined that he was wanted on a warrant and that he did not hold a valid driver’s license.
When they moved to arrest him, Lyons reportedly tried to bolt but quickly was caught and brought down to the ground. Lyons, however, continued to struggle, involving the officers in a physical altercation in which both of them were assaulted, according to police reports. After efforts to subdue Lyons with pepper spray failed, one of the officers used a Taser on him.