Sunday, 12 August 2018 16:59

Man still in hospital after police chase ends in crash Featured

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BREWER - A man crashed into the trees on Harlow Street in Brewer, after being pursued by Brewer police.

 

Officials said nearby Bangor police were originally looking for the man.

 

Sgt. Warner with the Bangor Police Department identified the man as Eric Ronco, 32.

 

Sgt. Warner said Bangor police wanted Ronco for charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

 

They reached out to Brewer police for help locating him, and around 8:30 pm. Saturday, Brewer Police Sgt. Nelson Feero spotted the man driving on North Main Street.

 

"When I got behind him, he instantly started driving erratically, going into the opposite lanes," said Sgt. Feero. "I activated my blue lights and then he took off on me."

 

According to Brewer police, they had originally tried finding him by tracking his phone location.

 

"Got that nailed down, but we couldn't really locate him in the wooded area that he was supposedly in," said Sgt. Feero.

 

No one else was hurt in the crash.

 

A couple of the houses around the crash site are vacant or under construction. Those that do live in the area said the street is relatively quiet, but they're not too surprised something like this would happen.

 

"If they were to crash on my front lawn I'd be a lot more concerned, and it was obviously very close to my front lawn," said Emily Pineo, who lives nearby, "but I have a lot of faith in the police department."

 

Ronco was not seriously hurt, and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

 

According to Brewer police, he was still in the hospital on Sunday.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...