May 22, 2018
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Police: Benton man who failed to report to jail caught after Fairfield foot chase

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A Benton man is behind bars Friday after police tracked him for more than two hours late Thursday morning.

Zeke Ames, 22, had “several warrants out for his arrest” for failing to report for a sentencing on a previous charge, Fairfield Police Chief Joe Emery told the Bangor Daily News.

“We had information that he was going to be in a certain area of town,” Emery said. Police were alerted he was on the loose when an anonymous caller notified authorities just after 10:30 a.m.

“He was trying to elude us behind several homes,” said Emery.

Ames entered a house but ended up fleeing after the owner returned home, according to Emery.

A state police K-9 unit and Waterville police were called in to assist Fairfield officers, Emery said. A state police trooper was chasing Ames down a street when Fairfield police Officer Spencer Grinnell pulled his cruiser ahead of the suspect and told him to stop at gunpoint.

Ames was not armed but was considered dangerous, Emery said.

“He was supposed to report to jail and didn’t so he was kind of considered an escapee,” he said.

Additional charges are likely against Ames, who remained in jail Friday. His record includes a 2010 conviction of operating after his license was revoked and failure to stop for an officer.

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