Pickup Involved in High Speed Chase Crashes Into Otisfield Store
A high-speed chase, that began in Raymond, ended when a pickup truck slammed through the front door of Bolsters Mills County Store in Otisfield.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office reports the trouble began when deputies found an allegedly impaired Zachary Mercier, in his pickup truck, at the Big Apple store in Raymond. Mercier sped away from the store, however, before he could be detained, leading police on a high-speed chase that traveled to Route 121 in Otisfield. State Police set up spike mats, which the pickup-truck ran over, puncturing three out of the four tires. Still, Mercier tried to continue on, but failed to make the turn onto either Bolsters Mills Road or Bill Hill Road. Instead, the vehicle drove right through the front of the store and finally came to a stop inside.
Officials say Mercier was not cooperative and had to be tased before being taken into custody. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries from the crash and possible drug-related issues. Mercier is charged with failure to submit to arrest, criminal speed, eluding a police officer, operating after suspension, and violation of conditions of release, as well as two outstanding warrants.
The owners of the store say that they will be closed until the necessary repairs can be completed.