HOLDEN, Maine — A Perry woman is facing numerous criminal charges after she allegedly robbed the Circle K on Route 1A late last week and then tried to elude a Holden police officer who — not yet aware a robbery had just occurred — was attempting to pull her over for motor vehicle violations.
Kailie Brackett, 32, had her 2-year-old son in the vehicle with her at the time, Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley said Wednesday.
Brackett, 32, initially was charged with Class A felony robbery, however, the Penobscot County district attorney’s office later added Class B robbery, eluding an officer, tracking in prison contraband, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, driving to endanger and theft.
One of the robbery charges is a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and the other, a Class B felony offense, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.
Brackett remained Wednesday at Penobscot County Jail, where she is being held on $50,000 cash bail.
Greeley credited the arrest with good police work from Holden police Officer Dain Bryant and backup from Cpl. Amy Nickerson and Officer Scott Jones of the Brewer Police Department.
The series of incidents that led to Brackett’s arrest began about 1:30 a.m. Friday, when Bryant allegedly spotted a vehicle parked outside the Circle K store on Route 1A with a cracked windshield, no valid inspection sticker and both license plates obscured by mud.
Bryant parked across the street and waited for the driver to come out. As the driver pulled out of the parking lot and got back onto Route 1A, Bryant pulled in behind and attempted to pull the vehicle over.
Brackett, however, allegedly kept going, turning onto Route 46, where she crashed her car into a ditch after failing to negotiate a curve.
Greeley said that further investigation indicated that Brackett showed the Circle K clerk what appeared to be a Glock handgun hidden under her jacket and demanded money. She made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and some groceries, Greeley said, adding that she apparently tried to disguise herself with a head covering and glasses.
During a search of her vehicle, Greeley said, police found what appeared to be Oxycontin pills and later, while she was being booked at Penobscot County Jail, a correctional officer found Percocet on her.
Greeley said Brackett’s toddler was placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services until family members were able to pick him up.