Police: Speeding driver arrested after refusing to sign summons

By Ben Holbrook | Aug 31, 2017
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Belfast — A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 52 early in the morning of Aug. 30 caught the attention of an off-duty police officer and led to multiple charges against a Swanville man.

Devan M. Skillings, 24, was charged with exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more, refusing to sign a summons and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

The charges were filed after an off-duty Camden police officer notified dispatch at 2:30 a.m. that he was passed by a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed while traveling on Route 52 toward Belfast. The Camden officer estimated the vehicle was traveling at more than 100 mph, Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said.

Dispatchers contacted Belfast Officer Lewis Dyer, who parked his vehicle on Linconville Avenue near Troy Howard Middle School to intercept the offending vehicle. As the vehicle approached, Dyer registered its speed at 77 mph.

The speed limit near the school is 40 mph.

Dyer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Skillings, who allegedly told the officer he was in a hurry to get home because he was tired. The officer returned to his cruiser to write Skillings a summons for speeding and by the time he went back to the vehicle to hand the man the ticket, Skillings had fallen asleep, McFadden said.

After the officer woke him, Skillings informed Dyer he would not sign the summons because he said he didn’t do anything wrong and didn’t hurt anyone, the chief said. Dyer, in turn, told Skillings that refusing to sign the summons could result in his arrest.

The chief noted that signing a summons is not an admission of guilt.

The debate about whether Skillings needed to sign the summons continued for some time until Skillings allegedly rolled up the window of his vehicle and then locked the door. While another officer was en route to the traffic stop to assist, Skillings rolled down his window, threw his keys out and told Dyer not to use the keys to unlock the door of the vehicle, McFadden said.

Officers were able to eventually get Skillings out of the vehicle and place him under arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court in October.

Comments (1)
Posted by: from the kitchen | Sep 01, 2017 04:52

Good work. Probably saved his life.

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