Gas Drive-Off Ends In High Speed Chase
Presque Isle Police were called to a Main Street store at around 8:00 this morning for a complaint of a gas drive off and theft of goods. The suspect was identified as George Peaslee of Presque Isle. Just over an hour later, he was spotted by police who pulled over his vehicle in a traffic stop.
During the exchange with police, Peaslee allegedly told them he wasn't going to get out of the vehicle and then took off. A pursuit ensued, during which local and State police say Peaslee was driving in a reckless and dangerous manner, with speeds reaching more than 100 miles per hour. Caribou Police Officers set up a spike mat and roadblock near the Caribou Motor Inn on Route 1. Peaslee didn't stop and the spikes caused three of his four tires to deflate. He turned on to South Main Street, where a State Trooper conducted the PIT maneuver, which immobilized the vehicle and caused it to stop.
Peaslee continued to be uncooperative and so police broke out the windows to his car and extricated him. He was taken into custody and his vehicle towed from the scene. Both the suspect car and the cruiser sustained minor damage. No one was hurt in the incident.
He's currently being held at the Aroostook County Jail.