MILLINOCKET — A 31-year-old Millinocket man who reportedly led police on a 6-mile snowmobile chase before being caught early Sunday morning, when the stolen sled ran out of gas, will face charges Monday in Bangor District Court.
Desmond Austin Jr. of Millinocket was arrested and charged with operating a snowmobile while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, unauthorized use of property, refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer, reckless operation of a snowmobile, and operating a snowmobile on a public way, according to Officer Jon Glidden of the Millinocket Police Department.
Austin was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. Bail was set at $5,000. Late Sunday, he was still being held in jail.
The chase began about 5:19 a.m. Sunday, when Glidden spotted Austin operating a snowmobile on a public way near Pamola Trailer Park. Austin fled through the woods on trails to the Dolby Flowage, on the Millinocket-East Millinocket town line, said Glidden.
Millinocket police Sgt. Norman Budge left his police cruiser and chased Austin on a snowmobile trail near Rice Farm Road and Route 157. Glidden said Austin accelerated the sled toward Budge, who jumped out of the way so he wouldn’t be hit.
Police called wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to assist them.
Glidden watched Austin travel by snow sled across the ice-covered Dolby Flowage. Wardens Andy Glidden and Jim Davis, traveling by snow sled, started to follow Austin. Glidden said Austin, who abandoned the snow sled when it ran out of gas, fled on foot for another mile before wardens caught him.
Glidden said police later learned the snowmobile Austin operated had been stolen from the Millinocket residence of David Cyr on Saturday night.