Florida man arrested after Cumberland-to-Brunswick car chase

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BRUNSWICK — A Florida man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a car chase that began in Cumberland.

John Elvis Fenn, 29, of Quincy, Fla., was spotted by Cumberland Police Department Officer Antonio Ridge on Route 88 around 2:30 a.m. Police said Fenn was reportedly driving below the speed limit, and a check on the license plate revealed the vehicle was unregistered.

Ridge activated his blue lights to pull Fenn over, and although Fenn started to pull over twice, he drove off along Heritage Lane and ended up at a cul-de-sac at the end of Carriage Road, Cumberland Police Chief Joe Charron said.

Fenn then allegedly used his vehicle to ram Ridge’s cruiser. Ridge tried to keep Fenn’s vehicle pinned, but Fenn was able to escape, and drove north along Route 88 and then Route 1 in Yarmouth.

Ridge followed him through Freeport and into Brunswick. Spike mats were deployed along the way in Yarmouth and again Brunswick to stop Fenn’s car, Charron said.

Fenn fled his vehicle on foot at the intersection of Park Row and Maine Street and was captured nearby, about a half hour after the chase began.

Fenn was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated criminal mischief, and other charges will probably follow, Charron said. Fenn, who had no passengers in his vehicle, was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Charron said Fenn is on probation in Florida and that there are warrants out for his arrest on charges of grand theft auto.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.