State Police are asking for the public's help locating a man who rammed a cruiser before fleeing from a traffic stop.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says 49-year-old Michael Irving had been pulled over by Trooper David Coflesky for an inspection sticker violation along Day Road in Lyman on Sunday. As the trooper was sitting in his cruiser, checking on the driver's identification, Irving put his vehicle in reverse, rammed the cruiser, and then drove away. The vehicle was later found abandoned about a half mile away on an ATV trail, near the Lyman Elementary school. Trooper Coflesky wasn't hurt in the incident, while the cruiser sustained over a thousand dollars in damage.

Police say Irving fled into the woods, but a search that including tracking dogs turned up no sign of him. He's 5'11" tall, about 150 pounds, and has short brown hair and hazel eyes. Irving is described as a transient who frequents Old Orchard Beach, Portland, and Biddeford. Troopers plan to charge him with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, aggravated criminal mischief, and eluding a police officer.

Anyone with information on Irving's whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Gray at (207) 657-3030.


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