BROWNFIELD, Maine — A Madison man reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase from Conway to Brownfield last Wednesday.
According to the Oxford County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Kozacka, 30, will be facing felony and misdemeanor charges from Maine.
Meanwhile Conway Police Lt. Chris Mattei said his agency is applying for a warrant for a "host of charges from disobeying a police officer to felony reckless operation."
Mattei said the story began shortly before 10 p.m. on Jan. 15, when Conway police received a call from a concerned motorist who reported witnessing a white Chevrolet pickup driving erratically on Mill Street in Center Conway.
The information was dispatched to Conway officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which was traveling from the area of Center Conway toward Conway Village on Route 302.
Sgt. Michael Boucher spotted the pickup truck traveling westbound on Route 302 approaching the intersection with Eastman Road.
The vehicle turned right onto Eastman Road, heading toward the police department. Boucher observed the vehicle swerving in the roadway as it was traveling at a high rate of speed. He activated his cruiser’s blue lights, but the white pickup truck failed to pull over.
Kozacka then led Conway officers on a pursuit to Conway Village and from there east into Fryeburg, Maine, reportedly reaching speeds of 90 mph before a Fryeburg officer attempted to stop him.
"Spike mats were deployed on two occasions, but Kozacka managed to avoid them," said Mattei, who said that during the pursuit Kozacka "was driving erratically at high rates of speed and at times was turning off his headlights.
He said the pursuit came to an end in Brownfield, where Kozacka "exited the vehicle and attempted to flee into the woods on foot."
Chief Deputy James Urquhart of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office, said the chase ended on the Old County Road in Brownfield when the truck got stuck in a snowbank and that Kozacka ran about 150 yards into the woods.
Mattei said officers from Conway, Fryeburg and Oxford County Sheriff’s Office took Kozacka into custody.
"Special thanks to Conway Police, Fryeburg Police and Maine State Police for their professionalism and assistance," Urquhart noted.