WATERVILLE — Two men are facing a variety of charges including theft after allegedly stealing a computer from Wal-Mart and fleeing from store personnel last month, police said.

One of the men, Gerald Wotton, 50, of Augusta, is said to have also fled from police on foot after an officer stopped the car he was driving, according to a press release from the Waterville Police Department.

On June 29, police received a call from Wal-Mart that a man had stolen an HP computer from the store and fled from the store’s loss prevention personnel at around 5 p.m. that day in a green KIA sport utility vehicle, according to the release.

Detective Sgt. William Bonney heard the call and responded to Interstate 95, where he located the vehicle in the southbound lanes. He tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver, Wotton, refused to stop, according to the release. Bonney pursued the vehicle for more than a mile before Wotton abruptly pulled over in the breakdown lane, left the car and fled into nearby woods.

Travis Young, 43, of Lewiston, was a passenger in the vehicle and was arrested at the scene. Officers also found the stolen computer, valued at about $650, according to the release.

A canine unit from the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service responded to the interstate to search for Wotton but couldn’t find him. He eventually turned himself in to police on July 2, according to the release.

Young was charged with two counts of Class D misdemeanor theft for his involvement in the stolen computer and other theft cases in Auburn and Waterville between June 26 and 29. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bail and is scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court on Aug. 18. Information regarding the investigation has also been provided to the Auburn Police Department for their consideration of charges, Waterville police said.

Wotton has a criminal history that includes eight theft convictions, seven of which took place within the last two years, according to the release.

He is charged with felony theft; operating after suspension, a Class E misdemeanor; failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, a Class E misdemeanor; and violation of conditions of release, also a Class E misdemeanor. At the time of the alleged theft, Wotton was out on bail.

He was being held Monday at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta and is awaiting arraignment.