December 12, 2018
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Two charged with leading Bucksport police on chase while driving drunk

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

Two people were arrested last weekend after allegedly leading Bucksport police on a pursuit while driving drunk, sometimes at speeds 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, police said Tuesday.

The pursuit, which involved two police cruisers, ran from a ballfield at Reggie Ginn Field near Spofford Avenue and ended on Pond Street a block from Bucksport High School at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. That is less than 2 miles distance, Bucksport police Sgt. David Winchester said.

“At that time of evening, for whatever reason, the streets were empty, and because the pursuit was so short [in distance], it ended fairly quickly,” Winchester said Tuesday.

Samuel P. Thompson, 20, of Prospect, was charged with speeding at more than 30 mph over the speed limit, operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, permitting unlawful use of a motor vehicle and eluding an officer, police said.

A 14-year-old boy, a juvenile, was charged with speeding at more than 30 mph over the speed limit, operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, driving without a license and eluding an officer, police said.

Both said they were driving the car, a white sedan, Winchester said.

Michael Shaw, 19, of Bucksport, was also in the car. He was issued civil court summonses for illegal possession of alcohol by consumption and possession of a usable amount of marijuana by someone under age 21, Winchester said.

No one was injured in the pursuit, but the white sedan allegedly struck a parked car, causing more than $1,000 in damage, and partly tore up three front yards, including some of the grass at Bucksport High, Winchester said.

The incident began when police received a report of a vehicle driving erratically in the neighborhood near Seminary Road, which is about a block east of Spofford. Officers Matthew Schmidt and Chris Woodman were still in the area when Schmidt spotted the car, Winchester said.

Winchester said he was not aware of precisely how fast the sedan was moving, but that most of the streets in that area have 25 mph speed limits.

The two adults are due in Hancock County Unified Court on Jan. 22, and the juvenile was referred to youth court officials.


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