DOVER-FOXCROFT — A 16-year-old Greenville juvenile was returned to the Maine Youth Center in South Portland after he led police on a motor vehicle chase through two communities early Sunday.
Officer Mark Hamlin of the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department was notified at about 2:30 a.m. that a motorist had pumped about $25 worth of gasoline at the Dover-Foxcroft Irving Station and then left without paying.
A few minutes later, Hamlin spotted a vehicle on North Street that fit the description. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the motorist continued on to Green Street and north onto Route 15. With Hamlin in pursuit, the vehicle continued up the Guilford Center Road to Route 150 where the driver stopped for the officer.
Hamlin said the juvenile had been home on leave from the Maine Youth Center. The vehicle driven by the juvenile had been stolen earlier from David Sinclair’s home in Greenville. The keys had been left in the vehicle, he said.
Charges against the juvenile include theft of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, eluding a police officer, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and theft of services.
Hamlin said it was possible that a second juvenile was involved with the theft of the motor vehicle. The matter is still under investigation.
Minimal damage was done to Sinclair’s vehicle, but several road signs were destroyed by the juvenile en route to Guilford.
Assisting Hamlin in the chase was the Dexter Police Department.