April 7, 2013

Deputy pinches alleged drunk driver following short chase Saturday

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

SOLON — The Somerset County Sheriff's Department arrested a Bingham man on charges of trying to elude an officer and operating under the influence Saturday afternoon.

Shain Sargent, 41, of Bingham, was arrested after a short chase, with the highest speed reached being 70 mph, according to Lt. Carl Gottardi.

Patrol Deputy Michael Pike spotted Sargent driving on U.S. Route 201 toward Madison around 3 p.m. and recognized him for being wanted on five warrants for unpaid fines or fees.

Pike attempted to pull over Sargent, who first stopped his white 1992 Buick but then drove away along U.S. Route 201.

Pike followed Sargent with his lights and siren on for about 2 1/2 miles at up to 70 mph before he once again pulled over and was arrested.

Gottardi said Sargent is charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating after license revocation and operating under the influence.

Eluding an officer and operating after a license revocation are class C crimes punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Operating under the influence and driving to endanger are class D crimes and punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Sargent is being held at the Somerset County Jail, ineligible for release on bail because he allegedly violated probation on previous convictions. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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