June 21, 2018
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Orono man arrested after leading police on high-speed chase

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

DEDHAM, Maine — An Orono man riding a yellow Kawasaki motorcycle was arrested Tuesday on several charges after leading state troopers on a chase that reached speeds of 110 mph.

Mitchell Bellefleur, 49, is charged with eluding police officers, driving after his license was revoked due to his habitual offender status, driving to endanger, criminal speed and violating the conditions of his release from a prior unrelated arrest, Sgt. Alden Bustard of the Maine State Police said Tuesday evening.

Bellefleur remained at Hancock County Jail Tuesday night, Bustard said.

The series of incidents that led to Bellefleur’s arrest began shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. Route 1A in Dedham, when Bustard tried to pull Bellefleur over for speeding.

Rather than stop, however, Bellefleur kept going, turning onto Route 46 in Holden, heading north to Route 9, where he headed west toward Brewer — reaching speeds of 110 mph, Bustard said.

Along the way, Bellefleur reportedly passed several vehicles on the right.

Bustard said that he followed the Kawasaki until he abandoned the chase because it was becoming too dangerous. Police in the area were asked to keep an eye out for the biker.

Bellefleur was spotted on Route 9 by Trooper Josh D’Angelo, who picked up the pursuit. The chase ended about 15 minutes after it began, near Jimmie’s Ice Cream & Grill on North Main Street in Brewer, which is part of Route 9.

Bustard said that Bellefleur was unable to go much farther because the traffic was heavy due to the evening commute.

Bellefleur was not wearing a helmet, though there was one hanging off the side of the motorcycle, which did not belong to him but which he did have permission to use, Bustard said.

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