Maine State Trooper Struck by Car Involved in High Speed Chase
A State Police Trooper suffered a broken leg when he was struck by a car involved in a high-speed chase.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says Trooper Mickael Nunez is listed in stable condition, after suffering a severely broken leg. The driver, 53-year-old Robert Belmain of Caribou, sustained head injuries in the crash that happened Sunday afternoon on Route 3 in China.
Police say the incident began when another trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Belmain. Police had received reports of a green sports car with no license plates that was driving erratically on Interstate 95, just south of Clinton. Belmain fled from the traffic stop, with police giving chase. Belmain's vehicle drove erractically on the interstate and then onto Route 3 in Augusta, headed toward China. Officials say speeds reached 100 MPH, during the pursuit.
Trooper Nunez was setting up spike strips to deflate Belmain's tires, when the sports car approached the scene. The trooper was struck by the vehicle as he was trying to retreat to a safe location, near the Family Dollar Store on Route 3. Officials say the vehicle crashed after hitting the trooper, and both men were taken to MaineGeneral in Augusta.
Belmain is charged with operating under the influence, driving to endanger, criminal speed, eluding a police officer, failing to submit to arrest/detention, destruction of evidence, reckless conduct, possession of a scheduled drug, sale/use of drug paraphernalia, and operating after suspension of his driver's license.