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Posted on: November 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Arrest of Unidentified Man - Update


UPDATED - Media Release

Update to the media released provided on November 1, 2020 at 1230hrs:


The suspect arrested in this incident has been identified as Steven W. SPEAD, Jr. 30 years old from

Holderness, New Hampshire.  A mug photo has been attached.


After his arrest, SPEAD provided a false name and birthdate and claimed that he was injured. He was taken to Maine Medical Center where his identify remained in question while he received medical care.  Law enforcement officers remained at the hospital with SPEAD 24/7 since his Friday (10/30/2020) morning arrest. Eventually police determined his probable identity.


SPEAD was arraigned last week in Portland Unified Court from his hospital bed via Zoom. He was charged with:

-           Failure to Stop for a Law Enforcement Officer

-           OUI

-           Refusing to Submit to Arrest & Detention

-           Failure to Give Correct Name and DOB


The day following his arraignment, SPEAD was discharged from Maine Medical Center and was taken to the Cumberland County Jail where he remains in custody.  A fingerprint analysis completed by the FBI has confirmed SPEAD’s identity.


In addition to his new charges, SPEAD is also being held on a no bail arrest warrant from the State of New

Hampshire charging him with Operating After License Revocation.


Bail for SPEAD’s new criminal charges was set at $1,000.00 cash.


Incident Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Incident Time: 12:08 am 

Incident Location: Maple Ridge Drive, Standish

Release Date: November 1, 2020

Release Time: 12:30pm

On October 30, 2020 at approximately 0008 hours, a Deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was stationary in the area of Northeast Road Extension in Standish, when he observed a pickup truck traveling southbound on Chadbourne Road. This vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at the Richville Road intersection.

The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation. As the Deputy attempted to catch up to the offending vehicle, the vehicle turned down Maple Ridge Drive, which is a dead-end road. The vehicle accelerated and crashed into the woods at the end of the cul-de-sac.

The operator of the vehicle fled on foot. A foot chase ensued and the suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle in the area of Richville Road and Musselman Road. The operator complained of injuries sustained during the crash and/or subsequent arrest. He was transported to Maine Medical Center where he remains in police custody. The suspect is conscious and alert, but is not cooperating with law enforcement.

The vehicle involved, a 2004 Orange Chevrolet Colorado, was recently purchased in Northern Maine and had not been registered.

As of this media release (Sunday PM), the suspect has failed to provide a correct name, address, and birth date. Although a positive identification has NOT occurred yet, police have tentatively identified the man through his tattoos and past booking photos. The suspect is believed to be a New Hampshire resident and his identity will be disclosed upon fingerprint confirmation through FBI fingerprint analysis. An updated release will follow.

The suspect will be facing multiple charges to include, failing to stop for a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and/or detention, failure to give correct name and DOB, operating under the influence, and multiple traffic violations.

After the crash, the suspect’s dog fled from the vehicle but was later found deceased by a nearby resident.

Further inquiries can be addressed to,

Captain Donald Foss

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

(207) 774- 1444 ext 2112

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