Bar Harbor man arrested after high-speed chase



Cody Austin

Cody Austin

ELLSWORTH — A Bar Harbor man was arrested Tuesday after police said he led officers on a high-speed chase.

Cody Austin, 21, initially came to police attention after they said he was clocked at 58 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone by Officer James Gillway on the Bucksport Road around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Gillway and other officers initiated a “high-speed pursuit,” according to a report from the Ellsworth Police Department, but were “unable to keep up with this vehicle due to other motorists and public safety concerns.”

Lt. Harold Page said Austin was headed out of town on the Bucksport Road, and that the chase was called off near the old Pondview Store. Page said the pursuit reached speeds of approximately 90 mph before it ended.

A Marine Patrol officer initiated a pursuit of the same vehicle on Mount Desert Island later that afternoon, which ended at a residence in Bar Harbor.

It was there that Austin was arrested and then taken to the Hancock County Jail. Police said he has been charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 mph or more and operating after suspension.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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