BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a local man arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole a Chevrolet Camaro from a Bangor residence and drove it onto Interstate 95, where he ditched it in Old Town before fleeing into the nearby woods. He is not expected to be released from the Penobscot County Jail before next month.
Lucus Qualey, 30, of Bangor pleaded not guilty Friday to one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of intoxicants and violation of a condition of release.
District Court Judge Kevin Stitham ordered Qualey be held without bail until Aug. 19, when a hearing on a motion to revoke his bail on a March 2013 felony domestic violence assault charge set for trial next month is to be held.
The series of incidents that led to Qualey’s arrest Thursday began at about 3:45 p.m., when a Milford Street resident reported his Camaro had been stolen from his driveway, Bangor police said in a press release issued Thursday evening.
A short time later, witnesses reported the same vehicle operating erratically on Interstate 95, the release said. Witnesses reported the vehicle then stopped on the side of the highway — about a mile north of the Stillwater exit in Old Town — and the male driver ran into the woods.
Bangor police Officer Jason Linkletter and his tracking dog, Lex, went to the area and eventually found Qualey and took him into custody, according to the release.
James Aucoin, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told Stitham on Friday that Qualey appeared to have been on some sort of illegal drug. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center by police Thursday, then to the jail.
Jury selection in Qualey’s trial on one count each of domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing, is set for Aug. 6.
Those charges stem from a March 2, 2013, incident that allegedly occurred on the dance floor of the former Barnaby’s nightclub at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor. The charge was elevated to a felony because of Qualey’s prior criminal history.
Qualey was free on $3,500 cash bail when he was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing the Camaro.
If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the domestic violence assault charge. On the charges related to the alleged car theft, he faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.