Bangor man accused of bath salts possession, fleeing police

Posted Jan. 09, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 09, 2014, at 6:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 26-year old local man is facing multiple charges after synthetic drugs were found in his vehicle after a short pursuit, police said.

The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Bryan Worcester began at 2:15 a.m. on Forest Avenue when Officers Kristen Jacobs and Jamie Fanning tried to pull his vehicle over because it was being operated erratically, according to Sgt. Cathy Rumsey.

Worcester, who had his dog in the car with him, did not yield and continued erratically at a low rate of speed, Rumsey said.

“Although speeds never exceeded 25 miles per hour, the vehicle was still operating erratically in a residential area,” Rumsey said.

Spike mats were deployed, but Worcester continued onto Stillwater Avenue despite having flattened tires, the sergeant said, and eventually pulled over in the Kohl’s parking lot.

Worcester was quickly taken into custody, Rumsey said, and drug paraphernalia and a powdery substance that tested positive for bath salts was found in the vehicle.

During the process of the arrest, Worcester’s dog, a pit bull/boxer mix, jumped out of the car and ran toward the Bangor Mall cinemas, Rumsey said.

The dog was not found immediately after Worcester’s arrest but a family member found the animal later Thursday, Rumsey said.

A drug test at the Bangor police station reportedly revealed Worcester had been driving under the influence. He was charged with refusing to stop for a police officer, operating under the influence and unlawful possession of a schedule W drug, Rumsey said.

Worcester is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.