SKOWHEGAN — An Oxford County man who allegedly led police, game wardens and border patrol agents on a chase through the wilds of northern Somerset County in November has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury.

Dustin N. Damon, 19, of Buckfield, is charged by the grand jury with passing a police road block and eluding police officers, both class C felonies, in a chase on Nov. 8 from Moscow to Jackman during which speeds reached 120 mph, according to court documents.

Damon also is charged with aggravated operating after license revocation, driving to endanger and criminal speed. He also has similar charges pending in Androscoggin County.

Damon is among 16 people indicted last week by the grand jury. Others indicted included Jason M. Walsh, of Skowhegan, charged with robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Madison Avenue in Skowhegan on Oct. 29.

According to a court affidavit and a statement filed by Maine State Police Detective Scott Bryant, Damon was seen speeding about 9:20 p.m. on U.S. Route 201 in Moscow by Detective Bryant Jacques. Jacques was monitoring traffic in a 35-mph zone by the Moscow Elementary School.

Jacques reportedly signaled Damon to stop and Damon suddenly drove off “at a reckless rate of speed,” beginning a high speed chase with Jacques in pursuit with his cruiser’s blue lights and siren activated. The chase continued north on Route 201 past Caratunk, The Forks and West Forks while Jacques notified dispatchers at the Augusta Regional Communications Center to alert the U.S. Border Patrol station north of Jackman.

Jacques reported that he couldn’t see the car’s license plate as it sped ahead of him.

The Border Patrol set up a road block with spikes in Jackman, some 50 miles north of the starting point of the chase in Moscow, which Damon allegedly approached at speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to the court statement.

He reportedly ran over the spikes and continued onto nearby Route 15, where police found tire rim marks in the road pavement. Police found the vehicle, a silver 2004 Audi A4 outside a home on Route 15. The car, which was registered to someone other than Damon, had two flat tires, one of which was shredded to the rim, according to the report.

Investigators also found a set of footprints leading from the driver’s side door of the car toward woods near the home. Police also found smaller footprints, consistent with prints made by a woman, from the passenger side door.

A Maine Warden Service tracking dog was called to the scene as was an aircraft with night vision, infrared cameras. Damon was not located until the following morning when a Border Patrol agent spotted him walking along Route 201 and arrested him.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 in property bond, which a family member later posted, securing Damon’s release. Charges pending against him in Androscoggin County include aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, two counts of criminal mischief, attaching false plates to a car, eluding a police officer and failure to give his correct name and address to a police officer.

Damon did not enter a plea during his initial appearance in court on the new charges last month. He is due to appear in Skowhegan District Court Dec. 17. Court papers did not indicate if he has a lawyer.

PHARMACY ROBBERY

Also indicted by the grand jury was Jason M. Walsh, 32, of Skowhegan, who is charged with robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy of drugs Oct. 29 under the threat of force and then swallowing some of the pills before he was arrested.

Walsh allegedly passed a note to pharmacy employees demanding oxycodone tablets, Adderall pills and fentanyl patches, according to court documents.

The store is at the corner of Jewett Street and Madison Avenue, an extension of Route 201. Walsh allegedly told a store employee, “Just do it. Just do it. Don’t make me have to do this” with a hand in his pocket, shaking it.

Also indicted last week:

• Dustin M. Page, 24, of Madison, charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, two counts of drug possession and criminal forfeiture July 3 in Madison and with aggravated trafficking in drugs and three counts of drug possession Nov. 6 in Madison.

• Peter Breingan Jr., 37, of Skowhegan, charged with counts of aggravated drug trafficking and trafficking on Aug. 19 and again on Oct. 6, both in Skowhegan.

• Roberto D. Figueroa, 57, of Skowhegan, charged with two counts of aggravated drug trafficking and three counts of drug possession Nov. 21 in Skowhegan.

• Sarai York, 32, of Chelsea, charged with three counts of possession of drugs and one count of violating the conditions of release Nov. 22 in Madison.

• Earle C. Flanders, 45, of Athens, charged with operating under the influence with priors and operating after suspension Aug. 29 in Harmony.

• Shawn M. Nick, 27, of Charleston, charged with trafficking in prison contraband Nov. 4 in Madison.

• Kyle F. Rayeski, 23, of Skowhegan, charged with operating after license revocation Nov. 5 in Skowhegan.

• Ryan Martin-Dawes, 28, and Christopher Bishop, 28, both of the same Skowhegan address, charged with burglary and theft Nov. 1 in Lexington Township.

• Jonathan M. Strickland, 25, of Skowhegan, charged with burglary and theft Oct. 16 in Skowhegan.

• Joseph David Kireburns, 23, of Skowhegan, charged with burglary and theft Oct. 2 in Skowhegan.

• Mary E. Hogan, 55, of Waterville, charged with aggravated operating after license revocation, operating after license revocation and operating under the influence Oct. 3 in Fairfield.

• Keith G. Caron, 58, of Fairfield, charged with unlawful sexual contact and domestic violence assault April 20 in Fairfield.

• John Lozinski, 47, of Sidney, charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Aug. 26 in Mayfield Township.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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