Wiscasset man charged in overnight incidents with flagger and police

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 7:45am

A Wiscasset man was arrested on multiple charges early Thursday, Oct. 1 and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail after allegedly coming “extremely close to running over a flagger” working in the construction on Route 1, a Wiscasset Police Department Facebook post stated.

The post said Cainin Griffin, 23, was charged with driving to endanger for that alleged incident and, for subsequent ones, was charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, criminal speed, violation of conditions of release, and refusal to submit to arrest or detention.

Officer Jonathan Barnes responded about 2:30 a.m. to Wiscasset Irving for a report of erratic driving in the parking lot, the post said. “Before he arrived, the vehicle left, southbound on Route 1 at a high rate of speed and came extremely close to running over a flagger ...,” it continues. “Officer Barnes and deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began patrolling the roads in Wiscasset in an attempt to locate the vehicle.”

On Indian Road, Barnes saw a vehicle traveling toward him in excess of 75 mph, more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit, the post said. “The vehicle was straddling the center line and traveling in both lanes. Officer Barnes attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled at a high rate of speed (and) was stopped a short while later as it approached the owner’s residence ... Griffin was identified as the operator in both incidents.”