Stolen pickup rolls over in Ripley after pursuit through two counties

Posted July 09, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.

RIPLEY, Maine — A pursuit of a stolen pickup truck hauling stolen scrap metal that sped through two counties ended with the truck rolling over in Somerset County on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

The sequence of events started around 3:30 p.m. in the Piscataquis County town of Elliotsville when that county’s sheriff’s deputies received a report of someone stealing scrap metal, according to Somerset County Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.

When Piscataquis County Sgt. Mike Gould responded, he saw a pickup truck fitting the description of the one at the scene in Elliotsville, filled with railroad spikes and pieces of actual railroad, Lancaster explained.

The same pickup had been reported stolen from the Penobscot County town of Bradford on July 2, Lancaster said. State police handled that complaint, the chief deputy said.

When Gould tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, Michael Thompson, 26, of Corinna, fled, Lancaster said, and Somerset County sheriff’s deputies picked up the pursuit in Harmony.

Lancaster said a Somerset County deputy got ahead of the chase on Route 154 to lay down a spike mat, and when Thompson attempted to avoid it, he rolled the truck over, and the vehicle came to rest on its side.

Thompson and his passenger, Angel Clark, 42, of Etna, had to be extricated from the truck and were transported by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, the chief deputy said.

Lancaster said officials from Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties, including police and district attorneys, are going to have to collaborate to determine what charges will be filed.

“There’s some conversation that’s going to have to happen,” Lancaster said.

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