Driving to Endanger

Maine State Police looking for man who led law enforcement on pursuit through multiple towns

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

On Friday, May 20, 2022 at approximately 10:07 p.m. the Augusta Regional Communications Center received complaints of a black Dodge Ram operating erratically northbound on I-95 in Pittsfield.  That information was passed to dispatchers at the Bangor Regional Communications Center who put out a general broadcast. A Warden who was in the area spotted the vehicle and activated his emergency blue lights. At first, the operator, later identified as 33-year-old Barry Hall of Jay, started to pull over before speeding off at a high rate of speed.  The Warden believing Hall was impaired, began to pursue the vehicle northbound on I-95 before losing sight of him.

An officer with the Hampden Police Department located the vehicle on Western Avenue in Hampden and attempted to stop Hall, but he failed to stop. A State Police Trooper picked up the pursuit on Western Avenue as Hall continued to travel at high rates of speeds. Hall blew through the intersection of Mayo and Kennebec Roads and drove his vehicle into the woods where he fled away from the scene. He has not been located.

A warrant has been issued for Hall’s arrest on the following charges: Eluding an Officer, Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation, Driving to Endanger, Criminal Speed and Violation of Bail.   

If anybody has information about this case or the whereabouts of Hall please contact State Police Troop E at 207-973-3700.

State Police were assisted by the Maine Warden Service, Hampden Police and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. 

Auburn man arrested on multiple charges after deliberately ramming Maine State Police cruisers

Auburn Pursuit, flipped vehicleFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, February 14, 2022, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Maine State Troopers  were assisting the Auburn Police Department  with an attempt to locate 31-year-old Brandon Pelletier of Auburn who was wanted on numerous felony warrants. Troopers approached Pelletier’s vehicle with their blue lights activated. Upon seeing the Troopers Pelletier proceeded to ram one of the two cruisers and began to flee the scene.

Troopers were able to catch up to Pelletier’s vehicle and a pursuit began. Troopers along with the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office pursued Pelletier throughout Auburn. During the pursuit Pelletier hit numerous vehicles who were traveling on the roadway. Troopers attempted numerous times to end the pursuit but were unable to, due to Pelletier attempting to hit their cruisers with his vehicle. The pursuit continued into Minot where Pelletier struck another vehicle. Troopers attempted to disable Pelletier’s vehicle again. Pelletier then swerved towards one of the cruisers, striking it and causing his own vehicle to roll over. Pelletier refused to exit the vehicle and a police K-9 was deployed to apprehend Pelletier.

Pelletier was transported to Central Maine Medical Center with minor injuries. Pelletier was wanted for multiple charges including robbery.  New charges stemming from this incident include driving to endanger, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, refusing to submit to arrest or detention by force, leaving the scene of a crash, criminal speed and numerous other traffic infractions. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of cocaine and fentanyl. Androscoggin SO, Auburn PD, Mechanic Falls PD, Minot Fire and United Ambulance assisted the Maine State Police. 

Anyone that was struck by the offending vehicle is asked to reach out to Sgt. Chris Farley at the Maine State Police 624-7076.EMS on scene of auburn crash

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