ARUNDEL, Maine — A man and a woman were arrested on multiple charges Tuesday afternoon as York County sheriff’s deputies investigated the report of a stolen vehicle.

The series of events leading to the arrests of Jerri Souliere, 27, of Waterboro and Nelson Cooper, 52, of Saco started around noon, when a pickup truck was reported stolen from an Arundel business, Sheriff William King said.

Around 5 p.m., Deputy Rachael Horning found the pickup behind the Arundel Diner at the corner of Campground and Portland roads, and an investigation identified Cooper as a possible suspect, King said.

Before contacting Cooper, Horning learned he had multiple warrants for his arrest, and he allegedly had been camping at nearby Bentley’s Campground with Souliere, King said.

Horning called for backup, and while awaiting assistance she observed Cooper and Souliere emerge from the camping area and walk quickly to a bathhouse as the deputy approached, the sheriff said.

Souliere was the first to emerge from the bathhouse and ignored the deputy’s commands to stop, but the deputy was able to stop Souliere and directed her toward her cruiser to investigate. King said Souliere was uncooperative and refused to provide identification, likely in an attempt to distract the deputy from the bathhouse.

While Horning and Souliere were interacting, Nelson emerged from the bathhouse and walked briskly toward the treeline in an apparent attempt to evade capture, but Horning quickly apprehended Cooper without incident. King said Souliere ran off toward Portland Road but quickly was apprehended, also.

Souliere, who originally gave police a false name, also had bail conditions, King said.

Souliere was charged with failing to give a correct name, refusing to submit to arrest and violating conditions of release while Cooper was arrested on two failing to appear warrants and an unpaid fine warrant. Both were taken to the York County Jail.

The owner of the stolen vehicle did not wish to press charges.

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