WATERVILLE — A man turned himself in to police Friday night after allegedly stealing a car in Pittsfield, eluding police and jumping from the moving vehicle as it rolled into a Spring Street building.
Jordan Buker, 20, of Silver Street, was arrested on five charges Friday night after police initially tried to pull him over for going past a stop sign without stopping about 1 a.m. Friday at the Concourse, according to Waterville Police Department Sgt. Lincoln Ryder. Buker was driving a black 2000 Mercedes sports utility vehicle that, unknown to police at the time, had been stolen from a man in Pittsfield, Ryder said.
After running the stop sign, Buker drove to the Weber Insurance/U.S. Cellular building at the intersection of Spring and Silver streets, Ryder said. Buker then hopped out of the driver’s seat while the car was moving, before it collided with building, causing minimal damage, Ryder said. Buker fled before passenger Caleb Rossignol, 20, of Pittsfield, also hopped out of the SUV, Ryder said. Two female juveniles were in the back seat, according to Ryder.
Police arrested Rossignol about 2 a.m. Friday, but Buker was still at large, Ryder said.
“We chased the two for some time,” he said.
Police found out through the investigation and through communication with Pittsfield police that the car, a Mercedes ML430, had been reported stolen.
About 7 p.m. Friday, Buker turned himself in to police, Ryder said. He was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, a class B felony, because a pistol that belonged to the SUV’s owner was in the vehicle, and Ryder said that Buker knew that when he stole the vehicle. Buker was also charged with four misdemeanors, including refusing to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, theft by unauthorized use of property and driving to endanger.
Buker was taken to the Kennebec County jail and held in lieu of $2,750 bail. He has a June 10 court date in Kennebec Superior Court.