Authorities took Jeremy Owen, 38, of Edgecomb to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset Nov. 20 on charges of Eluding an Officer, Unlawful Possession of Scheduled Drugs, Criminal Speed, OUI (Drugs), Attaching False Plates, Operating After Suspension, Driving to Endanger, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief and Failure to Stop.
At about 10:30 p.m., Wiscasset Police Officer Jonathan Barnes was traveling north on Lowelltown Road when he observed a vehicle traveling 25 mph in a 40 mph zone. Barnes attempted to conduct a traffic stop, when the vehicle, identified as a silver Jeep, accelerated. Barnes was unable to locate the vehicle but conducted a check on the license plate and found the registered owner to be suspended.
At about 11:08 p.m., Barnes was traveling west on West Alna Road, when a vehicle turned left off Fowle Hill in front of him at a low rate of speed. Barnes then identified this vehicle as being the same silver Jeep that had failed to stop for him.
Barnes ran the emergency sirens and lights to conduct a stop for operations when the driver accelerated rapidly. Barnes began pursuing the vehicle, reaching speeds of 90 mph through Wiscasset, Alna, Newcastle and Edgecomb. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to help, deploying spike strips in both Newcastle and Edgecomb until the vehicle was disabled.
Once it was, Barnes and sheriff’s deputies conducted a high-risk stop and placed Owen into custody. Owen is set to appear in Lincoln County Unified Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28.