A man from Parkman is in custody after fleeing from Police today and falling through the ice.

A Suspect with Warrants Fled From a Deputy at an Exeter Business

Shawn Stewart, 23, of Parkman was taken into custody after an incident that began in Exeter and ended in Dexter.

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It was around 12:30 Friday afternoon when a Deputy with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office located Stewart at an Exeter business and determined that he had eight sets of bail conditions that restricted him from having firearms or dangerous weapons. The Deputy approached Stewart, who denied having any weapons in the vehicle. With the vehicle's door open and the Deputy partially in the vehicle, Stewart put the car in reverse and backed out aggressively, fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. During the short chase, the Deputy lost sight of Stewart's vehicle.

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Stewart Was Located in Dexter, But Fled Again, Falling Through the Ice

When Deputies learned that Stewart was possibly at a home on the Line Road in Dexter, they went to the home and Stewart fled on foot into the woods behind the house. Officials found the suspect's vehicle, a firearm that Stewart had previously possessed, and a person he was not supposed to have contact with, per his bail conditions.

As Deputies and a Maine State Police K-9 Trooper tracked Stewart to the edge of a pond, they found evidence that Stewart had fallen through the ice and were unsure whether he had been able to get out. The Maine Warden Service Dive Team assisted the Deputies with conducting a water search, which determined he was not in the pond.

He May Face Burglary Charges in Dexter, As Well As Other Charges

Officials returned to the Line Road residence in Dexter and began a second search, locating the suspect hiding under a pile of blankets in a camp he had broken into. It appeared, according to the Sheriff's Office, that the suspect had broken into multiple camps in the general area. Dexter Police will deal with the burglaries at the camps.

Stewart was placed under arrest after being seen by medical personnel and now faces the following charges:

  • Violation of condition of release
  • Reckless conduct
  • Eluding an officer
  • Resisting
  • Criminal Speed
  • Falsifying physical evidence

He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

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