A Casco man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in Windham that injured four people has pleaded not guilty.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Dale Tucker, 29, made his first court appearance on Monday in Portland.
Tucker was charged with domestic violence terrorizing, eluding police, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and driving to endanger — all felonies — in connection with Sunday’s chase, the Press Herald reported, citing court documents. The case is expected to go before a grand jury in January.
Through his attorney for the day, Tucker also pleaded not guilty to failure to stop and criminal speeding, both misdemeanors, according to the Press Herald.
The incident on Sunday began after police received reports of a domestic dispute between Tucker and a woman with whom he has a child, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and media reports. Tucker also had threatened to go to a residence in Windham and cause harm, according to the sheriff’s office.
A Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy later spotted Tucker’s 2007 Chevy Cobalt at the intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Route 35 in Windham and pulled him over. After he initially pulled over, Tucker sped away and the deputy briefly gave chase, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The deputy at about a mile out of the center of North Windham saw the car driving so erratically and so dangerously that he backed off,” Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce told CBS affiliate WGME.
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Ahead of Tucker, two other sheriff’s deputies placed a spike mat on Route 302 near the Windham/Raymond townline, and a dramatic video of the crash shot by Tyler Bisson, 28, of Raymond shows cars pulled over on both sides of the road while deputies waited for Tucker.
The video shows Tucker attempting to maneuver around the spike mat but hitting it on the driver’s side before losing control of his Chevy and striking two other vehicles, a 2000 Buick Park Avenue driven by 82-year-old Barbara Young of Gray and a 2018 Chevy Z71 pickup driven by Bisson.
“I think the staff did a pretty good job of trying to shut this [chase] down before it got into Raymond where we have a lot of cars moving as well,” Joyce told WGME. “This guy was clearly driving without any due regard for anyone on the road.”
Tucker was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. Also hospitalized were Young and her passengers, 91-year-old Elmer Young and 60-year-old Douglas Young, according to the sheriff’s office. WGME reported Monday that both Barbara Young and Elmer Young remained at Maine Medical Center.
Tucker is being held at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on $25,000 cash bail, or $50,000 surety.