A Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office police cruiser was involved in a crash in Gorham on Thursday afternoon.

Patrol Capt. Scott Stewart said in a statement that the cruiser, a 2103 Chevy Tahoe driven by Deputy John Cross, was pulling onto Shaws Mill Road from a driveway when it collided with a 2004 Buick van driven by Stephen York, 47, of Buxton. York and a passenger, Evan Worrey, were going south.

Cross’ cruiser sustained damage to the driver’s front and side. Stewart said the cruiser’s push bumper, the heavy duty metal guard installed on the front of most police vehicles, struck the oncoming car.

The van had to be towed from the crash scene. No one was injured.

Cross had not activated his emergency lights or siren at the time. The crash, which was reported at 1:58 p.m., remains under investigation.

Gorham and Windham police are reconstructing the crash, Stewart said. The cruiser was drivable after the collision.


An internal department review will be done after the investigation concludes, but Cross will remain on active duty, he said.

No blood-alcohol or other chemical tests were administered, Stewart said.

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon said that there is no policy to do chemical tests on deputies after crashes, and that such a provision would have to part of the collective bargaining agreement between the patrolmans’ union and the county.

Matt Byrne can be contacted at:

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