Alleged attempt to lose police in stolen car ends in jail

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 23, 2012
Courtesy of: Waldo County Jail Kenneth McCafferty

Frankfort — An Orland man is facing several charges after a loud exhaust on an allegedly stolen car led to his arrest late Saturday night, Aug. 18.

Police arrested Kenneth McCafferty, 36, on charges of operating under the influence, failure to stop for a police officer, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and unauthorized use of property after an incident that Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said occurred in Frankfort at about 11:30 p.m.

Trafton said Detective Merl Reed was working in the area and noticed a vehicle with a loud exhaust, and he followed the vehicle, intending to execute a routine traffic stop.

"The vehicle sped up and tried to get away," said Trafton.

Reed was able to read the plate number and called that information in to the Waldo County Regional Communications center in an effort to learn the possible identity of the driver.

A few minutes later, Trafton said, the vehicle stopped. But as Reed was about to approach the driver, the vehicle took off again.

The driver, who was later identified as McCafferty, drove for about a mile before stopping again, only this time, Trafton said, McCafferty pulled into a driveway.

When Reed stopped and approached the driver, Trafton said, the officer immediately smelled alcohol and gave McCafferty several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. Reed also learned that McCafferty was on probation, Trafton said.

When Reed tried to place McCafferty under arrest, Trafton said, he grew combative.

"He started trying to kick the officer, and then he tried to dig him with his nails," said Trafton.

Eventually, Trafton said, McCafferty calmed down and Reed was able to transport him to the Waldo County Jail without further incident.

McCafferty is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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