A Chelsea man fled from police in handcuffs after being arrested Wednesday night in Chelsea, and police were still looking for him 24 hours later.

Jason Langdon, 34, who lost a shoe when he fled, was last seen around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near Overlook Drive in West Gardiner, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release.

Langdon fled police around 6:30 p.m. after they stopped his car for a traffic violation on Route 9 in Chelsea. Langdon, who gave police a false name, was arrested, put in handcuffs and then put inside a police cruiser, McCausland said.

“Langdon then bolted from the car and ran off into the woods, losing one shoe along the way,” McCausland said.

State police troopers, aided by a dog, searched the area but couldn’t find Langdon.

A West Gardiner resident spotted him later Wednesday night, but a search of the area was unsuccessful, McCausland said.


Langdon, who has no permanent address, is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.

“I don’t know what he was wearing, other than handcuffs,” McCausland said.

Langdon is facing charges in Maine that include providing an incorrect name to police.

“I expect escape will be added to that once he’s located,’ McCausland said.

He said Langdon also is wanted on charges in Colorado and Florida, including failure to pay fines.

“These are for lesser violations,” McCausland said.


He said Langdon is likely desperate, but there is no reason to believe he is either armed or particularly dangerous.

Langdon was driving a borrowed car that was later returned to the owner.

McCausland asked anyone with information on Langdon’s whereabouts to call 911 or State Police in Augusta at 624-7076.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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