Wednesday, June 19, 2013
By Doug Harlow email@example.com
Police arrested a Winslow teenager Monday night after he allegedly stole a pickup truck from Cumberland Farms in Skowhegan and led officers on a high-speed chase through Winslow and Benton and into Unity Township.
The chase and subsequent arrest was not the first time the teenager, Tyler Greenlaw, 18, had stolen a truck in recent days, police in Kennebec and Somerset counties said Tuesday.
Greenlaw had been issued a summons for stealing and wrecking a red 2005 Dodge truck Saturday in Winslow, said Capt. Dan Davies, of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office.
In that incident, sheriff's Deputy Jake Pierce responded to a traffic accident on Barnes Road in Albion, where the driver of a red Dodge truck allegedly assaulted a first responder before getting into the truck and taking off, Davies said.
The license plate number provided by witnesses confirmed it was the Dodge that had been reported stolen in Winslow, he said.
"Other members of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office converged on the area and ultimately a short time later located the vehicle, heavily damaged, behind a camp on the Fire Road 2 in Winslow," Davies said in a release. "There were indications in the passenger compartment suggesting the driver had physical injuries."
Deputies notified area hospitals to watch for anyone appearing to have been in an accident. About 4:30 p.m., security at Inland Hospital called to report a man matching the description had entered the hospital. Pierce went there, and Greenlaw confessed to having stolen the truck, according to Davies.
Greenlaw was charged by Winslow police and Kennebec County deputies with several offenses, including Class B theft of a motor vehicle, Class C aggravated criminal mischief to the vehicle, and several other misdemeanor crimes.
Greenlaw was not taken into custody, but was issued a summons by Winslow police to appear in court on the charges, according to Davies.
Then, about 7 p.m. Monday, police in Skowhegan received a report of a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado having been stolen from the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms store on Madison Avenue.
Officer Joshua King, of the Skowhegan police, said the owner, Christopher Wallace, of Bingham, had gone for a ride with a friend and had left the keys in the truck.
Skowhegan police then issued a stolen-vehicle alert to area law enforcement agencies.
The truck was driven to Benton, and a friend of the truck's owner, who had been told about the theft, called 911, saying he was behind the vehicle, King said.
"Kennebec County Sheriff's Office and state police were then involved in a high-speed chase with the vehicle," King said.
Detective Sgt. Frank Hatch, of the sheriff's office, was notified of the theft by the Regional Communications Center in Augusta and went to the area the truck was seen last, Capt. Davies said in his release.
Hatch spotted the stolen truck on China Road in Albion, he said.
"Within seconds, the vehicles passed and Sgt. Hatch was able to turn around and catch up to the stolen truck," Davies said. "Sgt. Hatch activated his emergency lights and siren, and the vehicle sped off."
Greenlaw stopped in Unity Township about a mile before the Waldo county line on Unity Road. Greenlaw put his hands up and was taken into custody without further incident, according to Davies.
Greenlaw has a juvenile criminal record and has been a legal adult for only one month, he said.