Police say driver led them on chase exceeding 100 mph with children in car

By Stephen Betts | May 20, 2019
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail Henry Thompson III

Rockland — An Edgecomb man is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland after being arrested Saturday night, May 18, for the second time in two months for leading police on a high-speed chase.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Henry D. Thompson III, 33, was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour along Route 1 with two young children in the car.

Thompson was charged by the Sheriff's Office with failure to stop for an officer, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, improper plates, refusing to submit to arrest, driving to endanger, operating after suspension and violating a condition of release.

He had been free on bail after an April 22 arrest for a high-speed chase April 15 that began in Waldoboro and ended in Warren. In that incident, Thompson was charged with felony eluding an officer, failure to stop for an officer, driving to endanger, criminal speeding, operating an unregistered vehicle and violation of a condition of release.

He was alone in the car during the April 15 incident.

On May 18, Knox County received a report shortly before 8 p.m.that Waldoboro Police had tried to stop Thompson, but that he refused to stop and sped off, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The officer ended the chase, but tried to stay close enough to see where the vehicle was traveling, according to the affidavit filed in the Knox County court.

Two children, estimated to be 6 years old and younger, were in the vehicle.

The car turned onto Route 90 from Route 1 and Knox County and state police positioned their cruisers along the way to observe but not chase the suspect because of the risk to the children and public.

Thompson then traveled along Route 131 and stopped along the road, but sped off after police tried to get him out of the vehicle. He continued onto Route 17, where he eventually stopped and was removed from the car when Sgt. Lance Mitchell broke the driver's side window.

On his way to the jail, Thompson said he should have stopped and didn't know why he kept making the same mistakes, according to the affidavit.

Thompson made his initial appearance in the Knox County court Monday, May 20. He is being held by order of his probation officer.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 21, 2019 13:41

Sounds like a drug issue. The children should be taken away from him. Where is the mother?

Posted by: Peter Rollins | May 21, 2019 08:22

That's an impressive feat for someone only 6 inches tall.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 21, 2019 06:38

Those little children had to be horrified. He needs some serious jail time.

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