April 09, 2020

Police search for teen girl accused of stealing, wrecking SUV

WINTERPORT – Police searched Thursday for a 15-year-old girl who one day earlier fled into the woods after she wrecked an SUV that police said was stolen.

Investigators received reports of several potential sightings of the Hampden girl, including Wednesday night and Thursday morning near the post office in Winterport, Chief Deputy Bob Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve spent a substantial amount of time trying to locate the girl, but we haven’t so far,” Keating said.

A second teenager, also 15 years old and from Hampden, was found at the scene of the accident on Main Street. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, investigators said.

A witness told police that the SUV rolled over at least three times.

The accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. after the girl took the SUV from a home on the Main Road in Hampden, according to police.

The vehicle’s owner saw the SUV drive away and followed it in another vehicle, Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart said Thursday. The owner called his place of work where someone in turn called the police.

The teenagers’ names were not being released as they are juveniles, Stewart said.

Correction: A shorter version of this article appeared in the State and Coastal edition.

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