Unregistered car triggers pursuit, crash at courthouse
Belfast — It was the lack of license plates on a Corvette that attracted the attention of police Wednesday night, June 27, but by the end of the incident, the vehicle ended up on the back lawn at Fifth District Court and the driver went to jail.
David E. Connors, 53, of Searsport was arrested on charges of failure to stop for a police officer, possession of a usable amount of marijuana, operating a vehicle that had been unregistered for greater than 150 days, operating without a license, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving to endanger, inspection sticker violation, failure to provide proof of insurance and a seatbelt violation. Connors' arrest followed a series of events that Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said occurred just before 11 p.m.
Cunningham said Connors initially caught the attention of officers as he drove through the downtown without any license plates on his car.
"They were following [Connors] going down by Rollie's, and they were trying to get him to stop," Cunningham said. "One of the guys outside yelled over to him and told him the cops were chasing him, and that was when he took off."
Cunningham said Connors continued away from the officers, turning onto Cross Street and at one point narrowly missed striking a parked vehicle. While driving along High Street, Cunningham said, Connors never slowed down or stopped. When Connors reached the intersection of High and Spring streets, he lost control of the Corvette, sending the vehicle careening onto the rear lawn of the district courthouse.
Connors is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Aug. 21.