HOLDEN, Maine — A wanted man who took off running from a car containing stolen construction equipment that police pulled over Friday night, tried to eat the heroin found in his possession when he was caught, Holden police Officer Chris Greeley said Saturday.
By the end of the night, three people were arrested, the officer said.
Nicholas R. McDonald, 32, of Holden, who had two outstanding warrants, was charged at about 8:30 p.m. with four crimes, the most serious being aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs — a Class A crime that carries a penalty of up to 30 years behind bars for those convicted, Greeley said.
In addition to heroin trafficking, McDonald also was charged with possession of scheduled drugs, refusing to submit to arrest and falsifying physical evidence, the officer said.
“The Holden Police Department received information that a vehicle involved in an area burglary was in Holden,” Greeley said.
The burglary reportedly occurred in Orrington. Greeley found the car, owned and driven by Amy L. White, 36, a Bangor-area transient, on Copeland Hill Road and stopped it. That is when McDonald took off on foot.
“Inside the car was a good deal of stolen property,” the officer said.
The items taken from Orrington were various construction-related equipment, and “the owner did come grab [them],” Greeley said.
While White was charged with receiving stolen property by Sgt. Roy Peary of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police Trooper Josh D’Angelo and his search dog, Junior, searched for McDonald, who was found hiding in the woods by the roadway.
While interviewing McDonald, “he made an attempt to eat the drugs,” Greeley said, referring to the heroin. “He had two different types of drugs.”
McDonald had heroin with a street value of about $10,000 in his possession and had a quantity of commonly diverted prescription medication Suboxone and $1,430 in his pocket, Greeley said. It was the quantity of the drugs that led to the aggravated trafficking charge, he said.
Brewer police and a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency also assisted with incident, Greeley said.
“Holden police and DEA obtained a search warrant yesterday and seized a loaded handgun,” Greeley said Sunday in an email.
The gun was found in the car, inside an item owned by McDonald and he was charged Sunday morning with possession of a firearm by a felon, the officer said, adding McDonald has a lengthy criminal record.
While conducting the investigation, which is ongoing, police also learned Friday night that a third person associated with those arrested was wanted for three outstanding warrants, Greeley said. Kelly-Jo Desmond, 32, of Holden was arrested on the warrants, he said.
All three were taken to the Penobscot County Jail on Friday night and remained behind bars Sunday afternoon.
McDonald is being held on $10,000 cash bail; White has a $1,000 bail; Desmond’s bail is $1,220, a jail official said.