BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Bucksport man was arrested Monday after he reportedly tried to elude local authorities and damaged a police cruiser while doing so.
The damage to the cruiser was minimal, according to Sgt. David Kerns.
The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning after Officer Brad O’Neill went to do a well-being check on a car parked by the side of Kebo Street, Kerns said. Inside the car was Omar Shariff Santos, 24, of Bucksport, and a 26-year-old Bucksport woman.
While O’Neill was getting information about the two people from the Police Department’s dispatcher, Santos managed to slip away on foot, before the officer found out there was a warrant for Santos’ arrest, according to Kerns. The sergeant said that Santos was not supposed to have contact with the woman who was in the car with him.
Police began searching for Santos and got a description of another vehicle he had access to and, about an hour later, found the vehicle at a motel on Route 3 between the villages of Hulls Cove and Salisbury Cove. Santos was in the vehicle, Kerns said, but refused to get out.
Santos tried to drive away at some point and struck a police cruiser with his vehicle before police were able to remove him from his car.
Bar Harbor police Officer Judson Cake and Sgt. Shaun Farrar assisted O’Neill, as did deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Kerns said. Santos was arrested on charges of violating bail, refusing to submit to arrest and failure to appear in court, according to Hancock County Jail records.
Information about whether Santos was still being held at the jail was unavailable Wednesday.