May 21, 2018
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Medway man in high-speed chase facing federal gun charges

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Lauren MacArthur
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Medway man’s legal troubles got a whole lot worse last week when he was arraigned on federal gun charges.

Lauren MacArthur, 27, faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison if convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon because of his criminal record. He also faces up to 10 years in prison for possessing a stolen firearm.

MacArthur pleaded not guilty to both charges Friday.

He has been held at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $20,000 bail on state charges involving a high-speed chase with police in January.

MacArthur was indicted last month by the Penobscot County grand jury for aggravated attempted murder, reckless conduct, eluding an officer, refusing to submit to arrest, operating after suspension, criminal speeding and violation of a condition of release.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 6 at the Penobscot Judicial Center on those charges.

MacArthur was arrested Jan. 20 in Milford after a 15-mile high-speed chase in which he tried unsuccessfully to run down an Orono police sergeant directing traffic after a hockey game at the University of Maine, according to court documents filed in federal court.

Officers put down spike mats in Old Town but MacArthur refused to stop and headed toward Milford, the court documents said. As he crossed the bridge near French Island, he crossed into the oncoming lane and nearly struck the guardrail on that side of the road.

When MacArthur turned off U.S. Route 2 onto Route 178 Hashey was able to ram MacArthur’s car off the road. MacArthur fled on foot but was tackled and arrested.

That same night, a resident reported finding a rifle in a snowbank about 162 feet from where MacArthur’s car finally stopped, according to the court documents. A second rifle was found a few days later on the riverbank, beneath the spot where MacArthur swerved his car during the chase.

The rifles were traced to a home in Medway that was burglarized between Jan. 20 and 22 while the owners were away. MacArthur has not been charged with burglary in connection with that break-in, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

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