ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Harpswell man who police say stole two cars and led officers on a high-speed chase Monday through at least four towns and three townships is being held for violating his probation, according to officials.
Hyunkook Korsiak, 29, made his initial appearance Wednesday in Hancock County Superior Court after being arrested Monday. Korsiak was convicted of robbery in 2001, Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett said Wednesday, and is being ordered held by his probation officer at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.
Kellett said that Korsiak, who police also suspect may be connected with a Dec. 30 armed robbery attempt in Ellsworth, recently was released after serving 10 years behind bars.
At the time of his 2001 robbery conviction, Korsiak was on probation for several convictions including theft, burglary and negotiating a worthless instrument, according to records from the Maine Bureau of Identification. Korsiak was ordered to serve six years behind bars for the robbery plus an additional four years for violating his probation for a total of 10 years, Kellett said.
“His probation officer told me he had just gotten out [of prison] recently,” the prosecutor said.
Korsiak also has an aggravated assault conviction from 2001, for which he received a fully suspended five-year sentence, according to his criminal record report.
Kellett said she formally has filed charges of eluding police and criminal speed against Korsiak, stemming from his arrest Monday in Ellsworth. She said she expects to file additional charges against Korsiak, possibly including felony theft and driving to endanger, by the time a Hancock County grand jury is seated next month.
If Korsiak’s probation officer decides against having him held, she said, Korsiak still could bail out of jail on $2,500 cash or $10,000 surety. His next scheduled court appearance is on Thursday, Feb. 17, for a status conference, Kellett said.
Korsiak was arrested Monday in Ellsworth after leading police on a high-speed chase that stretched over 30 miles and involved two separate Saabs. Police tried to stop a silver Saab with a loaner license plate of “92K” because it reportedly had been involved in an armed robbery attempt in Ellsworth on Dec. 30. Both the silver Saab and license plate had been reported stolen before the robbery attempt, police have said.
After getting reports Monday that the vehicle was in Harrington, police caught up with it on Route 182 in Township 10 and pursued it as it sped west at an estimated 130 mph. The silver Saab, allegedly with Korsiak behind the wheel, crashed into a tree at the intersection of Route 182 and Route 200 in Franklin, where Korsiak then allegedly stole a nearby red Saab before police could apprehend him.
Korsiak is accused of then driving the red Saab north on Route 200 through Eastbrook and then south on Route 179 through Waltham into Ellsworth. Korsiak pulled over and surrendered in Ellsworth to police as they closed in on him from both directions on Route 1A.
No injuries were reported as a result of the crash or prolonged chase, police have said.
With Korsiak in the silver Saab at the time of the police chase was Joseph Allen Miller, 24, of Whitneyville. Miller, who police say knew the car was stolen, was arrested at the Franklin crash scene on a charge of receiving stolen property. Miller was released Monday night from Hancock County Jail after posting $2,500 cash bail.