Following high-speed chase in two states, Mainer escapes into woods

Posted Dec. 22, 2016, at 4:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine and New Hampshire state police are on the lookout for a Livermore Falls man they say led troopers from both states on a high-speed chase before fleeing from his disabled car off the Maine Turnpike near the York toll plaza on Wednesday.

Michael Gatcomb, 33, has several charges pending against him after fleeing into the woods and eluding members of several police agencies who conducted an extensive search, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday.

Gatcomb is 6 feet tall, weighs 190 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

In addition to Livermore Falls, Gatcomb is known to frequent Bath and Fayette and communities in Franklin and Washington counties, according to Maine Trooper Justin Huntley.

The pursuit began about 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, when New Hampshire Trooper Matt Locke noticed a gold-colored 2003 Hyundai Elantra traveling erratically as it headed north on Interstate 95 in Hampton. Locke followed and also observed that the Maine registration plate belonged on another vehicle.

When the trooper attempted to pull the driver over, the vehicle sped off and the pursuit continued north on I-95 where speeds reached more than 100 mph. Maine State Police also were alerted as the erratic driving and excessive speed continued across the border, according to police.

The chase ended about two miles north of the York Toll Plaza when Gatcomb’s car lost a front tire and rolled to a stop, police said. Gatcomb then reportedly exited the moving vehicle out the passenger side and ran into the woods.

Despite an extensive search that included a tracking dog, Gatcomb was not located and remained at large as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information on Gatcomb’s whereabouts is asked to call Maine State Police in Gray at 657-3030 or Trooper Matt Locke of the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 223-8490 or Matthew.Locke@dos.nh.

 

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