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Police said driver, a convicted sex offender, sped by stopped school bus

Owls Head man accused of leading police on high-speed chase

By Stephen Betts | Nov 25, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Bernie K.White

A 46-year-old Owls Head man is behind bars after being arrested Friday, accused by police of leading them on a chase that reached 90 miles per hour and passing a school bus that was dropping off children.

Bernie K. White was arrested Nov. 22 and charged with aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, eluding an officer, criminal speeding, violating a condition of release, and passing a stopped school bus.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the new criminal charges Monday afternoon in the Knox County court.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Juan Alcala stopped a pick-up truck for speeding Nov. 13 on the Western Road in Warren. The driver gave the officer a name but when the deputy ran the name by the dispatch center, there was no person with that name and date of birth.

When the deputy walked back to the truck, the vehicle sped away, according to the affidavit.

The deputy followed the vehicle for a while but because of snow on the road and that a school was nearby, the deputy stopped the pursuit and radioed for assistance.

A person then called the communications center to report that a vehicle driving erratically had passed a stopped school bus that had its flashing lights on and was letting children off the bus.

Sgt. Arthur Smith then reported that the vehicle had pulled in front of him on Route 90.

Deputy Timothy Davis had joined in the search for the truck and almost struck his vehicle head-on on Mount Pleasant Road in Rockport. The deputy said he turned his cruiser across road to block the pick-up truck but the driver drove the vehicle into a ditch and around the police vehicle, according to the affidavit.

White was not apprehended that day but officers suspected that it was White and confirmed it by seeing a mug shot of him.

The Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant from the court and located White Nov. 22.

White is on a deferred disposition entered into in January for three counts of violation of sex offender registration and two counts of violating a condition of release. The district attorney's office filed a motion with the court to revoke the deferred disposition because of the new alleged offenses.

The sex offenses he is on the registry are two counts of unlawful sexual contact from 2009 involving a 13-year-old girl. He also has a lengthy criminal record dating back 25 years.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Nov 26, 2019 10:42

Steve, He hold the officer he had left his wallet at home.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 26, 2019 09:34

Although I agree the headline does grab your attention, it does not according to what I read appear to be that accurate.  High speed police chases are certainly better suited for the movies, in this case from all appearances the police offices in pursuit took the prudent and responsible course of action.  Many remember the unfortunate death of several young people in warren a few years ago.  The driver lost control and hit a tree while evading an officer in high speed pursuit.  The part of this story I am a bit fuzzy on is:  what ever happened to the old "license and registration" please.  You now only need to give a name  ?  "I would like a hotel room"  "what's your name ?"  "Bob Smith" .  More importantly, why is an habitual offender with "a lengthy criminal record dating back 25 years"  still driving a car and why does no one even know he is here ?

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 25, 2019 16:53

A real plus to the area.

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