Van stolen from Rockland crashes after chase

By Stephen Betts | Feb 08, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts A stolen van crashed off Old County Road in Thomaston.

Rockland — A stolen van crashed Friday night, Feb. 8., after a brief police chase.

The sole occupant of the vehicle was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Rockland Deputy Police Chief James Pease said the woman was hospitalized because of an issue unrelated to the crash.

He said the woman will be charged upon her release from the hospital.

The crash occurred on Old County Road in Thomaston, south of the intersection with Dexter Street.

The incident began shortly after 10 p.m., when Rockland police received a report of the vehicle having been stolen from Fulton Street. The chase began on Limerock Street, when the driver failed to stop for an officer.

Speeds reached 80 miles per hour on Old County Road, when the Rockland officer turned off his flashing lights and backed off the chase. Thomaston police had been alerted and were waiting further up the road.

The van, however, failed to make a slight curve and went off the right side of the road, narrowly missing a utility pole before it flipped and landed back on its wheels off the road.

Thomaston and Rockland fire and emergency medical services responded, as did Rockland and Thomaston police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The driver in the vehicle was found in the rear of the van. Rescue crews worked to open up the back of the van to reach her.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 09, 2019 07:34

Even thieves should wear seatbelts.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 09, 2019 06:45

Kudos to the Rockland Police Department for backing off when the driver of the stolen vehicle hit 80 mph.  That is a very very high speed for Old County Road.  Well done RPD!

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