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Lewiston woman accused of trying to start fires, leading police on back-to-back high-speed chases

Androscoggin County Jail | BDN
Androscoggin County Jail | BDN
Heather Kullson, 21, of Lewiston
By Daniel Hartill, Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — A 21-year-old Lewiston woman faces charges, including arson and assault, after twice trying to ignite her boyfriend’s possessions with Molotov cocktails and leading officers on two separate chases, ending in her arrest about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night in Poland.

Lewiston police were called to the area of Walnut and Pierce streets about 6 p.m. after a report that Heather Kullson had tried starting a fire using a lit rag and a container with a flammable liquid, Lewiston Police Lt. Michael McGonagle said.

“Cruisers arrived minutes later and pursued Kullson through nearby streets to the Maine Turnpike. When the chase reached the highway, cruisers called off the pursuit and returned to the scene,” McGonagle said.

“Then, she came back,” he said.

Kullson again tried to start a fire with the improvised incendiary and police took chase. This time, police followed her onto the turnpike, where they were joined by Maine State Police.

Kullson left the highway in Auburn and drove at high speeds along Hotel Road and Kittyhawk Avenue before her arrest in Poland.

During the chase, police tried but failed to stop Kullson’s Honda Civic with spike mats. In the rush to deploy the mats, tires on at least two cruisers were damaged, McGonagle said.

Kullson is facing two charges each of eluding police and arson. She also faces a charge of aggravated domestic violence.

Her boyfriend told police she used her car to run over his foot earlier in the day, McGonagle said.

She is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.


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