AUGUSTA — A city man is facing charges after reportedly stealing a one-ton truck Saturday and then leading police on a chase into Sidney.

Anthony Hawkins, 21, was arrested after the 16-mile pursuit and charged with operating under the influence, theft by unauthorized use, eluding an officer and violating conditions of release, said Augusta Police Sgt. Christopher Shaw. Hawkins, who was held at the Kennebec County jail, is expected to make his first court appearance today.

Nobody was injured during the pursuit and there were no excessive speeds, Shaw said.

The chase began around 10:30 p.m., Saturday when Officer Benjamin Murtiff spotted the one-ton dual-wheeled, dump-body truck on State Street. Murtiff tried to stop the truck, which had no license plate, Shaw said. The truck matched the description of a truck reported stolen Saturday morning, Shaw said.

Hawkins sped away from the stop, followed by Murtiff, and drove for about 16 miles before stopping the truck on Dinsmore Road in Sidney, Shaw said. A portion of the pursuit was on Interstate 95.

Hawkins was arrested without further incident.

Shaw said the truck was not damaged and can be returned to the owner.

He commended Murtiff’s effort to safely recover the vehicle and arrest Hawkins.

“He did an outstanding job,” Shaw said.

Police looking for broken window info

AUGUSTA — Police are seeking the public helps in identifying those responsible for breaking the windows of several cars Saturday night.

Augusta Police Sgt. Christopher Shaw said someone broke the windows of four vehicles sometime during the overnight between Saturday night and Sunday morning. All of the vehicles were parked in the South End Parking Lot across from Shenanigans night club on Water Street. Items were taken from each of the vehicles, Shaw said.

Police continue to investigate but had no suspects as of Sunday evening.

Shaw asked anyone with information about the break-ins, or who noticed suspicious activity in the area, to call Augusta Police at 621-5642. Tips can be left anonymously on the department’s FaceBook page:


Saturday: At 1:54 p.m., there was a report of a burglary from a vehicle.

3:45 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

5:16 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Water Street.

6:10 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Stone and Crooker streets.

9:56 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Civic Center Drive.

Sunday: At 1:17 a.m., theft was reported on State Street.

1:42 a.m., there was a report of a disturbance on State Street.

2:33 a.m., there was a report of intoxicated people on Washington Street.

3:20 a.m., there was an accident on Civic Center Drive.

3:20 a.m., a hit-and-run accident was reported on Melody Lane.

7:02 a.m., there was a report of a burglary from a vehicle on Water Street.

9:33 a.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Whitten Road and Western Avenue.

11:11 a.m., a 46-year-old Jefferson man was charged with theft by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart off Civic Center Drive.

11:40 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Memorial Bridge.

12:46 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

12:58 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on South Chestnut Street.

1:21 p.m., there was a report of a burglary on Boothby Street.

5:47 p.m., there was an accident on Garden Court.


Friday: At 5:09 p.m., there was a crash that reportedly caused injury.

7:03 p.m., there was a report of theft.

Saturday: At 10:03 a.m., there was a trespassing complaint.

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