An alleged attempt to avoid the attention of a patrolling deputy Saturday, May 5, resulted in a short-lived manhunt involving a K-9 unit and a jail stay for a Frankfort man.

Barry S. McCarthy II, 36, of Frankfort was arrested on charges of operating while his license was suspended or revoked, attaching false plates, driving to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, eluding an officer and violating conditions of release following an incident that allegedly occurred on Route 69 in Winterport just after 11 a.m.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Deputy Darrin Moody was on routine patrol when he noticed a driver who made an apparent attempt to avoid making eye contact with the officer as he passed by.

“The guy put his hand up in front of his face,” said Trafton.

Moody thought he recognized the man as McCarthy, so he turned around and ran his license plate to confirm his suspicions. When Moody received the information on the plate from dispatch, Trafton said, Moody learned the plate did not match the vehicle.

“It came back on a different vehicle,” said Trafton.

Moody then executed a traffic stop on the vehicle, but was unable to make immediate contact with the driver.

“As soon as Darrin [Moody] got out of the cruiser, just as he was walking up to the vehicle, the guy took off,” said Trafton.

The driver then turned into a driveway a short distance away, abandoned the vehicle and fled into the nearby woods.

The driver had a passenger with him, Trafton said, and Moody was able to confirm that the driver was McCarthy.

“Then [Moody] called in a K-9,” said Trafton. “It didn’t take long before they had him.”

McCarthy is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, July 3.