Police: 3 teens back in detention center custody after pursuit with stolen SUV they crashed
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine State Police said three escapees from the Long Creek Detention Center are back in custody after leading a short police pursuit and crashing in South Portland.
Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle after it went through the Maine Mall exit and it began to take off. Troopers attempted a "PIT maneuver" in order to stop the SUV from entering a heavily populated area, which brought the chase to an end.
The driver was 19-year-old Jesse James Ramsdell, of Acton. The two passengers were Christopher Harmon, of Sanford, and Jonathan Vasselian, of Sumner, both 18. The trio is charged with unauthorized use of property and were taken to the Cumberland County jail. Additional charges from Carrabassett Valley Police are likely.
The SUV overturned after it rolled up on a snow bank. All three boys were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
In addition to the stolen SUV, cash, wine and other items were taken from the Stratton Brook Huts, where the teens were staying with Long Creek staffers overnight. The Nissan SUV was stolen from a residence near the hut’s trailhead. The SUV was stolen early this morning in Carrabassett Valley and was spotted along the turnpike in Falmouth at mid-morning.