A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday morning, Nov. 18 after police reportedly linked him to the cutting of about 25 tires on vehicles that were parked at a local hotel as well as a hit-and-run crash in Northport.

Dmitriy P. Basistyy, 33 of Westbrook was arrested on charges of aggravated criminal mischief, failure to stop for an officer and violating conditions of release following a series of incidents that allegedly began just after 5 a.m. Friday.

Interim Belfast Police Chief Walter Corey said police received a call from staff at the Comfort Inn on Route 1 reporting that the tires on a number of vehicles in the parking lot had been cut. Corey estimated that as many as 25 tires were destroyed on 18 vehicles.

“They suspected it was one of the customers because they’d been having problems with him throughout the day,” said Corey.

Corey said while officers were at the hotel gathering information about the tire cutting complaint, the Waldo County Regional Communication Center received a report of a hit-and-run accident in Northport. The offending vehicle had left the scene was traveling northbound on Route 1 when police learned of the crash.

Corey said the second driver involved in the crash became actively involved in chasing the vehicle down, and that initially, police were told there “may be a possible road-rage incident” unfolding as a result of the accident.

Corey left the Comfort Inn and headed toward Northport. Once he started crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge, the officer spotted a vehicle fitting the description of the one that was involved in the accident. Corey turned around and caught up with the vehicle in the vicinity of the Big Apple Convenience Store on the east side of town.

A check of the vehicle registration came back to a Peter Basistyy, which led Corey to believe the car was indeed the suspect vehicle that was connected to both the tire cutting incident and the Northport accident.

Corey activated his lights and sirens in an effort to stop the vehicle but the driver reportedly refused to stop.

“He continued to the Comfort Inn parking lot,” said Corey.

Corey said even though Basistyy did not immediately stop, Basistyy did not drive erratically or at an unusually high rate of speed during the brief pursuit.

“He just decided he wasn’t going to stop until he got to the hotel to get his medication,” said Corey.

Based on the contact officers had with Basistyy at the hotel, Corey said, he was taken into protective custody and transported to Waldo County General Hospital for an evaluation.

“He said the Russians and the Germans were after him,” said Corey. “We determined there were some possible mental health issues.”

Later in the day, Corey said Basistyy was cleared at the hospital and placed under arrest. Once Basistyy was at the Waldo County Jail, police learned Basistyy was out on bail in connection with a crime he is accused of committing in Cumberland County. Local police are still waiting to hear back from authorities in Cumberland County to find out exactly why Basistyy is out on bail.

The hit-and-run accident in Northport was covered by Maine State Police, and while Corey had few details about the crash, he said he believed the driver of the other vehicle involved was not seriously injured.