Bangor man accused of stealing car, fleeing into woods after ditching it on I-95

Posted July 24, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
Last modified July 25, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested late Thursday afternoon after he allegedly stole a Chevrolet Camaro from a Bangor residence and drove it onto Interstate 95, where he ditched it in Old Town before fleeing into the nearby woods.

Lucus Qualey, 29, will be charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and might face additional charges once the case is reviewed by the Penobscot County district attorney’s office, Bangor Police Lt. Cathy Rumsey said shortly after the arrest.

The series of incidents that led to Qualey’s arrest began about 3:45 p.m., when a Milford Street resident reported that his Camaro had been stolen from his driveway, Rumsey said.

A short time later, witnesses reported the same vehicle operating erratically on Interstate 95, she said. Witnesses reported the vehicle then stopped on the side of the highway — about a mile north of the Stillwater exit in Old Town — and that the male driver ran into the woods.

Bangor police Officer Jason Linkletter and his tracking dog, Lex, went to the area and eventually found Qualey and took him into custody.

Rumsey said that Qualey would be taken to the Penobscot County Jail.



An earlier version of this story misspelled Lucus Qualey’s name.