Police nab Rockland man after he flees

By Stephen Betts | Aug 22, 2018
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Rockland — A Rockland man fled from police after he gave a false name to officers -- which, unfortunately for him, also belonged to a person wanted by law enforcement.

Christopher Billings, 28, was arrested around 11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, after eluding officers for about an hour. Officers from Thomaston, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, and a Belfast officer with his police canine joined in the hunt for Billings.

The incident began shortly before 10 p.m., when Rockland officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Union Street, according to Deputy Police Chief Christopher Young.

As officers were questioning the people involved, Billings -- who had two outstanding warrants for his arrest -- gave police a false name, according to Young. The name of the person, however, was also that of someone who was wanted by police.

Billings jumped over a porch railing and ran from the scene, police said.

A little more than an hour later, Billings was found hiding under a pickup truck next to a woodpile on Ocean Street. He was charged with obstructing government administration and refusing to submit to arrest.

His outstanding warrants had been for failure to appear in court.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Aug 22, 2018 11:26

Ha ha ha ha, love small town police reports.

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