Perham Woman Under Medical Evaluation After A Multi Agency Vehicle Pursuit
An 18-year-old Perham woman lead several agencies on a vehicle pursuit Saturday afternoon after family members reported their concern for her well-being.
Shortly before 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Sheriff Chad Foley went to the to the residence on the Erickson Road in Perham, at the request of the State Police. A Trooper was also responding to a report of an 18-year-old woman acting out of character and aggressive; causing family members concern for her well-being.
The young woman went outside before Deputy Foley’s arrival and tried to leave in a vehicle. Family members removed the keys, but she left in anohter vehicle that she was not authorized to have, said authorities.
A family member followed her until Deputy Foley encountered her vehicle as she failed to stop at an intersection on the Colby Siding Road. Deputy Foley activated his emergency lights and siren, but she failed to stop for him, causing a vehicle pursuit through the back roads of Woodland and eventually into downtown Caribou, said Sheriff Darrell O. Crandall, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. Caribou Police, a game warden and a state trooper joined the pursuit at various points in an effort to get the vehicle safely stopped.
The driver ultimately found herself on Paris Snow Street, which is a dead end, and she pulled into a driveway. She got out of the vehicle and tried to run inside the home. Deputy Foley and assisting officers were able to take her into custody at that time, although she resisted their efforts. The driver had not properly put the vehicle into park, and it rolled forward into a home, causing damage to the vehicle and minor damage to the home as well. Neither the driver nor the officers were injured, said Crandall.
The driver was taken to Cary Medical Center for a medical evaluation and she remains there at this time.
At no time during the more than twelve minute pursuit was the driver traveling at unusually high speeds, but she was exceeding the posted speed limit and ignoring traffic control devices. Crandall said, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing the driver’s identity until she has been charged with a crime. Criminal charges are currently under review.