Incident Date: 12/07/18
Incident Time: 640 PM
Incident Location: Rte. 35 Standish
Release Date: 12/07/18
Release Time: 1115 PM
MOTOR VEHICLE PURSUIT:
On the above date and time, Cumberland County Dispatch took a complaint from a citizen of an erratic driver on Rte. 35 in Standish. The caller and the suspect vehicle came to stopped traffic at Rte. 35 and Rte. 237 in Standish. Traffic was stopped due to a motor vehicle fire on the side of Rte. 35 and emergency personnel were still on scene, including fire personnel and Deputies. A Gorham Officer had been assisting Deputies with traffic control at Rte. 35 and Rte. 237. The original caller alerted the Gorham Officer to the suspect vehicle that had been operating erratically. The Gorham Officer had brief contact with the suspect vehicle a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 truck. The truck sped away nearly striking the Gorham Officer and drove through the closed scene of the vehicle fire. The suspect truck struck several vehicles that were stopped waiting to pass through. The suspect vehicle swerved through the scene nearly striking emergency personnel and did strike two Standish fire vehicles.
The vehicle continued through the scene of the vehicle fire at a high rate of speed and had lost its front driver’s side wheel/tire in the crashes. Deputies were able catch up with the vehicle that continued to operate with 3 wheels with a large amount of sparks coming from the vehicle. The vehicle traveled at speeds between 40-85mph and was pursued for over 3 miles before the vehicle became disabled on its own on Rte. 25 in Gorham. The operator and passenger were taken into custody without incident. The passenger 40 years old was released with no charges.
The operator Misty Romero 41 of Limington, was arrested on multiple charges to include Eluding an Officer and Operating under the influence. Romero’s bail was set at $1500 cash with an eight hour hold until she could make bail.
A total of six other vehicles to include the two Standish fire vehicles were damaged by Romero operating the 2012 Dodge Ram truck.
Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
(207) 774-1444 ext. 2115