Jay Man Wanted after Allegedly Leading Police Chase into Hampden
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Jay man, who allegedly led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that started in Pittsfield.
The warrant names 37-year-old Barry Hall of Jay and lists charges in connection with a high-speed chase involving a black Dodge Ram pickup truck Friday night. The Augusta Regional Communications Center received complaints just after 10:00 Friday night that the pickup was being operated erratically while traveling northbound on I-95 in Pittsfield. The information was relayed to dispatchers at the Bangor Regional Communications Center, who put out a general broadcast.
A Maine Game Warden, who was in the area, spotted the vehicle and activated his emergency blue lights. At first, officials say it appeared the driver was going to stop, but then he took off at a high rate of speed. The Warden says he believed the driver was impaired and began to pursue the vehicle northbound on I-95 until losing sight of the pickup.
When a Hampden Police Officer located the vehicle on Western Avenue and tried to get the driver to pull over, he again wouldn't stop. A Maine State Police Trooper who saw the vehicle on Western Avenue then joined the pursuit, which reached high rates of speed. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says Hall blew through the intersection of Mayo and Kennebec Roads before driving his truck into the woods. At this point, he fled on foot and has not been seen since.
The arrest warrant for Barry Hall of Jay contains charges for eluding an officer, operating after habitual offender revocation, driving to endanger, criminal speed, and violation of bail.
Anyone with information about this case or Hall's whereabouts is encouraged to contact Maine State Police Troop E in Bangor at 207-973-3700.