Maryland man arrested after alleged high-speed cruise

By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 17, 2012
Courtesy of: Waldo County Jail John Kent

Belfast — A man whom police say was traveling at an estimated 90 mph on Northport Avenue early Friday morning, July 13, caught the attention of a couple of officers and wound up in jail.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Sgt. James Greeley and Deputy Arthur Smith were pulling out of the Circle K parking lot on Northport Avenue just before 1 a.m. when they spotted a blue passenger car that appeared to be moving much faster than the posted speed limit.

"They saw a car coming toward them that was headed south, and it flew past them at what they estimated was about 90 mph," said Trafton.

The officers hit the lights and sirens in an effort to execute a traffic stop, but, Trafton said, the vehicle continued for a short distance before pulling over to the side of the road.

"The car was obviously being operated erratically," said Trafton, noting the officers observed that the vehicle occasionally slowed and sped up again rather quickly.

When the driver, who was later identified as John Kent, stopped for the officers, Greeley and Smith smelled alcohol upon approaching the vehicle.

"All he'd say is he'd had some [alcohol], but not much," said Trafton.

After failing a few field sobriety tests, Trafton said the officers placed Kent under arrest and transported him to the Waldo County Jail. Once there, Trafton said, Kent refused to take an intoxilyzer test, and at one point bragged about having a relative who is an attorney.

"He was being difficult and argumentative," said Trafton of Kent.

Kent is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Thursday, Aug. 2.

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