May 25, 2018
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Harpswell man accused of criminal threatening, crashing SUV into tree after Topsham fight

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

TOPSHAM, Maine — A Harpswell man was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Sunday night following a fight on Bunny Lane that involved several people.

Joshua Wolf, 21, was also charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident after allegedly failing to stop for police as he left the party, Topsham Police Chief Christopher Lewis said Monday.

Officers were called just after 8 p.m. Sunday for a report of a fight involving a shotgun on Bunny Lane, off Tedford Road.

As cruisers arrived, a 1999 black GMC Envoy reported to be driven by Wolf left Bunny Lane, struck a tree and continued on to Tedford Road, according to Lewis.

Police attempted to stop the SUV, but Wolf allegedly continued, turning on to Middlesex Road and then eventually Arbor Road.

Police also charged Matthew Laurelez, 18, of Topsham, with criminal trespass and assault.

The investigation continues, Lewis said. He had no information on Monday about the alleged victims of the crimes. The shotgun reportedly involved in the melee has not been recovered, but police impounded Wolf’s vehicle.

Lewis said additional charges may be forthcoming.

Wolf was released from the Topsham police station on $5,000 unsecured bail. He and Laurelez are scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Aug. 12.

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