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Three arrested after car chase in Medford

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 48, December 01, 2004

By Mike Welldon
Staff Writer

MEDFORD A car chase in Medford involving five Maine game wardens and one state trooper that lasted almost 2.5 miles and reached speeds of 100 mph resulted in the arrest of three men from Massachusetts.

The chase began when wardens Chris Dyer and Mike Morrison were following a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck and witnessed one of the three occupants, 38-year-old Hal Merrick of Brookfield, Mass., shoot a deer from the cab of the truck at 6:06 p.m. Night hunting in Maine is illegal and penalties can reach a maximum of three days of jail, $1,000 fine, and loss of a Maine-issued hunting license for a year.

Instead of stopping for the wardens, 42-year-old driver Jaime Petreault of Warren, Mass. took off down the Patty Hill Road in Medford attempting to elude officers.

"They were trying to get away," Dyer said. "The guy that actually shot the deer ran through the woods to his camp where he was apprehended."

Also in the vehicle was 22 year-old Christopher Petreault also from Warren.

The three men involved are being charged with night hunting, eluding a police officer, criminal speeding, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, and having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

"This happens every night somewhere. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time," Dyer said.

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