Cushing man nabbed for high-speed chase after being on lam

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail Karl Crute Jr.

Rockland — A 44-year-old Cushing man who pleaded guilty in May to a heroin offense initially suspected of being linked to the death of another Cushing man is behind bars again after police said he led them on a high-speed chase and then fled on foot.

Karl S. Crute Jr. was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 5, by the Maine Marine Patrol on outstanding warrants obtained by the Knox County Sheriff's Office for offenses that are alleged to have occurred Aug. 30 in Cushing.

Crute was charged with eluding a police officer, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, refusing to submit to arrest, violating a condition of release and operating after suspension.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Jeremy Joslyn spotted Crute speeding on Spear Mill Road in Cushing Aug. 30. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle driven by Crute, whom he recognized, Crute drove faster, according to the affidavit.

The deputy eventually found the vehicle on a lawn in Cushing after it had gone off the road, struck a culvert and gone through a pile of lobster traps.

The deputy then spotted Crute running through the woods, but he refused to stop, despite orders from the officer.

The deputy went to Crute's home, where he found five rifles and ammunition. Crute has a felony conviction and is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

Crute pleaded guilty May 17 to one count of felony furnishing heroin and agreed to forfeit several guns to the state.

The agreement reached between the state and the defense on the drug charge called for a sentence of two years in jail with all but six months suspended. Crute was to be on probation for a year upon his release.

Crute was to be formally sentenced on the drug charge on Jan. 18, 2018.

The state has asked for his probation to be revoked. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for Sept. 21. Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Crute to be held without bail until that hearing during a brief hearing Sept. 6.

The agreement on the drug charge was contingent on no further criminal activities by Crute.

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