Unity man flees vehicle during traffic stop

Evades capture by Maine State Police
By Ben Holbrook | Oct 01, 2012
Source: File Photo

Thorndike — A 26-year-old man fled from his vehicle and eluded capture during a traffic stop in Thorndike Saturday, Sept. 29.

Trooper Bethany Robinson said she was parked on Route 139 in Thorndike when she observed Kauffman's vehicle drive past with a defective license plate light. After stopping the vehicle, Robinson said she observed the driver's side door open, at which time Kauffman "took off."

"For safety reasons I couldn't pursue him," Robinson said. "I had to stay with the vehicle."

Robinson, along with Troopers Evan Teel and Corey Smith with his K-9, tracked Kauffman to Town Farm Road, but the scent was not strong enough to continue tracking.

Robinson said warrants for Kauffman's arrest will be issued.

No warrants were issued as of Tuesday, Oct. 2, Belfast District Court personnel said.

Kauffman has a Revoked Habitual Offender status and is on bail conditions, according to police.

According to previously published reports, Kauffman was arrested Jan. 25, 2012, on an active warrant after police stopped his vehicle in Thorndike for having an obstructed license plate. Kauffman was also charged with operating after revocation.

A Grand Jury indicted Kauffman May 16, 2012, for operating after revocation and failure to give correct name, according to previously published reports.

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

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