April 08, 2020

4 teens arrested, officer hurt in chase from Bangor to Topsham

TOPSHAM — Four local teen-agers were arrested early Sunday after a car chase from Bangor to Topsham, about 100 miles, left a police officer injured.

Topsham Officer Michael Middaugh came upon the speeding vehicle after responding to an alarm at a local motorcycle dealership, according to Topsham Cpl. William Robbins.

“Officer Middaugh responded to an alarm call at a business in town and, as far as we know, we assume they hit something there. But it could have been coincidental,” said Robbins on Sunday night.

The car and several items inside were believed to have been stolen that morning from the Terraces apartment complex on Hancock Street in Bangor.

None of the suspects’ names were released because they are juveniles. Bangor police Lt. Robert Welch said all four were charged in Topsham with burglary to a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Additionally, the driver was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, passing a roadblock and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

The last charge was lodged because the car allegedly almost ran over Topsham Officer Middaugh, who was the only officer working at the time, and suffered a broken right hand in the foot chase that followed.

Cpl. Robbins said Middaugh, who took himself to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, had surgery Sunday evening and will be out of work for indeterminable amount of time.

Two of the juveniles were taken to the Maine Youth Center in South Portland and two were picked up by their parents and taken home to their residences, said Robbins.

Sunday morning, Bangor police called a Terraces resident to inform him his 1985 blue Chevrolet Cavalier had been recovered in Topsham. The resident told police he remembered parking his car at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and leaving his keys in the ignition. The resident said he had not given anyone permission to use his car, according to police reports.

Also Sunday, another Terraces resident called to report the theft of a radar detector and a flashlight from a car. Those items, and a briefcase believed to have been stolen from a third car, were recovered from the Cavalier, Welch said.

NEWS staffer Jessica Lee contributed to this report.

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