BELFAST — Following an “allow speed” vehicular pursuit that led authorities from Belfast to Plymouth in the early morning hours Jan. 9, Stephen Larrabee, 48, of Brooks was arrested and jailed on multiple charges.

According to a press release from Belfast Police Chief Bobby Cormier, at approximately 2:36 a.m. Monday, officers stopped a a green 2007 Buick Lucerne in the area of 22 Searsport Ave. (just east of Footbridge Road, East Belfast) for a license plate violation. The driver, identified as Larrabee, could not produce a driver’s license, only a state ID. In speaking with him, officers developed concerns that he “was impaired by drugs, alcohol, or both,” Cormier reported.

When officers asked Larrabee to exit the vehicle, the chief said, they saw him reach for something they believed was a handgun on the seat. When the officers backed up, telling Larrabee to show his hands, the suspect fled in the vehicle, and a slow-speed pursuit ensued through several towns.

“During the allow speed pursuit, Waldo Dispatch confirmed that the operator had two outstanding arrest warrants, was on bail conditions and had a revoked license,” Cormier said in the press release. At the request of Belfast police, officers from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office laid spike strips to disable the car. It finally stopped on Moosehead Trail in Plymouth, “at which point the suspect refused to exit, and barricaded himself in the vehicle,” the chief reported.

For several hours, negotiators attempted to persuade Larrabee to leave the vehicle without success. At one point Larrabee told police he had a handgun in the vehicle, Cormier said. After a lengthy standoff, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team took him into custody without incident.

Larrabee was taken back to Waldo County to face charges and Belfast Police seized the vehicle, pending a search warrant.

Larrabee was charged with operating after revocation, violations of conditions of release, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, and felon in possession of firearms. During booking, authorities also learned that the suspect had what appeared to be illegal narcotics in his possession. Those charges are pending further investigation, Cormier said in the press release.

The defendant was being held in Waldo County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned March 3.