Naked Knox man leads cops on low-speed chase

Alcohol and drugs ruled out as factor in erratic operation
By Ben Holbrook | Dec 20, 2012

Phippsburg — Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Knox man who led them on a low-speed chase through Phippsburg while driving naked, Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Police responded to a report of a Subaru being operated erratically at 2:40 p.m. after the vehicle, driven by Cary Furrow, 63, of Knox, allegedly drove across a lawn. When deputies responded to the area where Furrows was last seen, they were unable to immediately locate his vehicle, Chief Deputy Brett Strout of the Sagadahoc Sheriff’s Office said.

About 30 minutes later, deputies located Furrow’s vehicle traveling on Route 209, at which time they attempted to pull him over. Furrow refused to stop and proceeded to lead the police on a chase that never exceeded 35 mph, Strout said.

“At times he was traveling 30 mph below the speed limit,” Strout said.

One of the deputies drove ahead of the pursuit to lay down a spike mat to attempt to disable Furrow’s vehicle. Strout said Furrow drove over the mat, which flattened at least one of his tires, but continued to proceed at a slightly lower speed.

After deploying the spike mat, deputies attempted to stop Furrow’s vehicle by boxing it in with their cruisers. In the process of doing so, Strout said Furrow intentionally struck both cruisers, but was eventually forced to stop.

Strout said the cruisers suffered only minor damage as result of the collision.

When the deputies went to confront Furrow, they discovered he wasn’t wearing any clothes –– which is not a crime because he was in his own vehicle and not exposing himself, Strout said.

At the time he was stopped, Furrow was headed towards a residential area, Strout said.

Furrow was arrested and charged with refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving to endanger and felony passing a roadblock, Strout said. He was taken to Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick to be treated for a cut on his head and a “scuff mark” on his shoulder he suffered while being taken into custody.

Strout said officers ruled out alcohol and drugs as a factor for why Furrow was operating his vehicle erratically. He said officers were concerned Furrow may have suffered a medical issue to cause him to behave the way he did. Strout said Furrow was left at the hospital for observation and he did not anticipate any more charges being filed.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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