BAR HARBOR — A Machias man was arrested Monday night after leading police on a slow-speed chase from Bar Harbor to Northeast Harbor.
Allan Walsh, 41, was eastbound on Mount Desert Street in a 1993 Ford Explorer around 10:30 p.m. when Officer Judson Cake observed Walsh allegedly driving erratically.
“He hit the curb several times and almost went up on the sidewalk,” said Sergeant Shaun Farrar.
Cake turned his cruiser and began to follow, turning on the blue lights in an attempt to get Walsh to stop. Instead, Walsh turned north onto Main Street and continued on.
“He did pull over near McKay’s,” Farrar said. “But, then he took off again.”
As Walsh headed out of town toward Otter Creek, a second Bar Harbor officer, Eric Mclaughlin, joined the procession in his cruiser. Once across the town line, Sergeant Leigh Guildford of the Mount Desert Police Department pulled in behind the others.
The only time Walsh exceeded the speed limit was on a straight stretch before the Otter Creek Market, Farrar said. However, the Machias man continued to drive erratically, crossing the center and fog lines repeatedly, Farrar said.
The four vehicles continued through Seal Harbor and into Northeast Harbor. A patch of ice on the road near the Asticou Inn slowed Walsh considerably. That’s when Guildford saw his chance to put an end to the pursuit.
“I was able to get in front of the suspect’s vehicle on Peabody Drive,” Guildford said. Guildford blocked the roadway with his cruiser, forcing Walsh to a stop.
According to Farrar, Walsh, at first, refused to get out of the vehicle. Two of the officers pulled him out. Walsh, however, had left the Ford in drive. The vehicle rolled forward over Cake’s foot and struck the Mount Desert cruiser.
Cake was checked out by the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service and found to be fine, Farrar said. The Mount Desert cruiser sustained minimal damage.
Walsh was arrested on charges of operating while under the influence, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation and eluding an officer and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. Other charges are pending.
Farrar and Officer Ryan Lawson of the Mount Desert Police Department assisted the other officers during the stop in Northeast Harbor.
Reporter Mark Good contributed to this report