Teen on bail for theft arrested after South Portland chases

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A 19-year-old Portland man was jailed Tuesday and faces several charges after leading South Portland police on two pursuits late Monday night.

Timothy Berry, whose last known address is on Forest Avenue, Portland, was charged with operating without a license, illegal attachment of plates, eluding a police officer and violating conditions of release when he was arrested around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Lt. Frank Clark said Berry was initially stopped at 11:47 p.m. Monday by Officer Chris Gosling on Main Street near Cash Corner while driving a Honda Accord bearing license plates registered to a Ford F-150 truck.

As Gosling approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, Berry fled south on Main Street. Gosling stopped his pursuit as Berry accelerated, Clark said, but alerted other units about the vehicle.

Soon after, Sgt. Kevin Gerrish spotted the vehicle on Broadway, headed toward the city from Scarborough. Clark said Gerrish unsuccessfully tried to stop Berry on the Maine Turnpike Spur.

Portland police responding to an alarm at a car lot eventually found Berry walking on Brighton Avenue near the Maine Turnpike. Gosling was called to identify him as the driver of the Honda, which was found in a parking lot at the nearby Barron Center. The Honda was reported stolen from Brunswick Ford.

Clark said Berry was free on bail from theft and burglary charges after an alleged car theft at Yankee Ford in South Portland in July, and is expected to face additional charges.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.