ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old Waldoboro woman is behind bars after she reportedly told police after a traffic stop that she thought she could lose the officer by speeding.
Heather J. Dakin was charged Friday night with failure to stop for an officer, operating under the influence and two counts of illegal drug possession.
According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was traveling south on Route 1 in Warren when a northbound vehicle approached at a high rate of speed. The officer reported that his radar put the speed at 84 mph in a 55-mph zone.
The officer turned around and the vehicle appeared to speed up, he said.
He caught up with the vehicle after it had turned onto Finntown Road and then into a driveway. When the officer asked Dakin, who was in the driver’s seat, if she saw his blue lights and heard the siren, Dakin said she thought she could lose the officer by speeding away, according to the affidavit.
The officer also reported finding Xanax and hydroxyzine in the woman’s possesssion. Her blood-alcohol test came back at 0.10, according to the police report.
Dakin pleaded not guilty during her initial appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court. Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $500 cash.