A Thorndike man was arrested on 11 charges early Sunday morning following a series of incidents which began with his allegedly peering into a Unity woman’s home.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said a woman who lives on Town Farm Road in Unity called police shortly before 1 a.m. July 25 to report that she had seen a man looking into the windows of her house.

“She was able to identify him as someone she knew,” said Keating.

Specifically, Keating said, she was able to identify him as 54-year-old Richard Merritt of Thorndike.

Sgt. Dale Brown was working an unrelated traffic stop in Thorndike at the time, according to Keating, when he saw a vehicle go by that fitted the description of the vehicle Merritt was driving. The vehicle turned around and went past Brown again, and the officer was able to identify the operator as Merritt.

When Brown turned his blue lights on, Keating said, Merritt drove off, soon turning up a driveway, where he struck a parked car and then drove into a thicket. Merritt took off on foot, and Brown gave chase. When Brown reached Merritt, Keating said, Merritt resisted arrest and “had to be taken to the ground.”

Merritt was charged with violation of bail conditions (Keating said Merritt was out on bail from previous charges in Washington County), aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal trespass, refusing to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of a property damage crash (for striking the parked vehicle), criminal trespass by a motor vehicle, driving to endanger, violation of privacy, operating under the influence and failure to stop for a police officer.

Merritt is also facing a theft charge, because the vehicle he was driving — a 1994 Honda Civic four-door — was reportedly stolen from Limestone. Keating said as of July 27, the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the specifics of that part of the case in cooperation with police in Aroostook County.