Man with suspended license arrested after short-lived car theft

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 30, 2012
Source: Belfast Police Department Hector Bohan

Belfast — A man whose license is suspended through August of next year was arrested Thursday morning, Aug. 30, after he allegedly stole a van from a residence on Doak Road and crashed the vehicle minutes later.

Police arrested Hector Bohan, 22, of Swanville on charges of operating after suspension and unauthorized use of property. As of Friday, Aug. 31, Bohan faced additional charges of operating under the influence (with one prior conviction), possession of schedule W drugs, three counts of possession of schedule Z drugs and criminal mischief.

Bohan was arrested following a series of events that began at 6:05 a.m.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said police were alerted to Bohan's alleged activities when the owner of the vehicle called police to report he just saw his own van leaving his driveway.

"The guy was watching the news when he saw his van going down the road, and he knew he wasn't in it," said Cunningham.

Then at 6:10 a.m., Cunningham said police received a call from another Doak Road resident who lives a short distance away from the original complainant.

"A woman called from down around Doak's Machine Shop saying she just heard screeching tires and a loud crash," said Cunningham.

Bohan reportedly struck a stone wall and the vehicle came to rest on its side.

Bohan was transported by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital, where Cunningham said he was treated and released.

Cunningham said Bohan's license has been suspended since 2007, after Bohan was on trial for his role in a personal injury accident that occurred in Oct. 2006. Bohan, who was 17 at the time, was at the wheel while under the influence of marijuana when he struck another vehicle near the Belfast-Swanville town line. The vehicle Bohan struck was carrying two women and a teenage boy, all of whom were injured in the accident, Cunningham said.

As part of Bohan's sentence in the case, Cunningham said a judge ordered Bohan's license suspended through Aug. 21, 2013.

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