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High-speed chase in Milo ends in cruiser collision

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 33, August 13, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

MILO and DOVER-FOXCROFT A 22-year-old Milo man is facing several charges after stealing a vehicle and leading police on a high-speed chase through four towns.

Two police cruisers collided at the end of the chase, causing about $1,000 in damage.

Jessie Williams is facing charges of operating after suspension, theft of a motor vehicle, criminal speed, eluding an officer, driving to endanger and operating while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

According to Milo Officer Derek Hersey, Williams was first spotted driving down Derby Hill in Milo in a silver Mazda pickup at 8:40 p.m. Aug. 6.

The theft of the 1989 pickup from a Riverside Street resident was reported soon after Hersey put on his blue lights to stop Williams, who was speeding 58 in a 35 mph zone before squeeling around the comer onto River Road.

When Williams did not stop for the officer, Brownville police and the Piscataquis County Sheriff's
Department were called to assist.

The chase continued down River Road into Atkinson, turned onto the Stagecoach Road in Sebec and then onto the Range Road in East Dover, where the sheriff's office had laid a spike mat. The mat took out three tires on the pickup driven by Williams, but he continued onto the Vaughan Road. The vehicle eventually went into a ditch on that road, police said.

According to Hersey, Williams topped speeds of 85 and 90 mph during the chase.

When the vehicle landed in a ditch, Williams took off on foot, police said.

At the same time, two cruisers collided: The 2002 Chevrolet cruiser driven by Investigator Allen Emerson of the sheriff's department sustained about $ 900 damage to the front end, and the 2003 Ford cruiser driven by Brownville Officer Nick Clukey received minor scratches and dents.

Williams did not make it far before police caught up on foot and placed him under arrest, Emerson said.

The stolen truck sustained damage to its exhaust system, along with the three blown tires.

Williams was transported to Piscataquis County Jail. According to Hersey, Williams submitted to a breathalizer test, which gave a blood-alcohol level reading of 0.09 percent.

Williams, who made bail the day after his arrest, is scheduled to make his first appearance in Dover-Foxcroft District Court on Sept. 15.

In addition to Emerson and Clukey, Piscataquis County Investigator Jamie Kane assisted Hersey in the arrest.

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