Mother’s Day Police Chase Starts when Man Steals His Mom’s Car
A Skowhegan man took off his clothes, allegedly stole his mother's car, and led police on a high-speed chase that ended at a drive-up church service.
Police were first alerted to Thomas Bouchard, 37, when his mother called to report her car stolen, just before 1 p.m. Sunday. According to the Morning Sentinel, the woman told police that her son had stripped off his clothes before taking the Hyundai Elantra without permission.
Officers caught up to the car on Route 2 in Skowhegan, but Bouchard refused to pull over. Police continued to pursue the vehicle through Norridgewock and back into Skowhegan, where Bouchard pulled into the Life Church in Skowhegan. He jumped from the moving car, which collided with another vehicle, before running into the church. The congregation was gathered in the parking lot for a drive-up service, but no one was hurt in the incident.
Bouchard allegedly resisted arrest and fought with police before collapsing. Officers believed he was overdosing and gave him three doses of Naloxone before he started breathing again. Bouchard was treated at Redington-Fairview Hospital before being taken to the Somerset County Jail. He's charged with failure to stop for a police officer, resisting arrest, operating under the influence, unauthorized use of property, operating after suspension, and driving to endanger.