LITTLETON, ME. (WAGM) --An incident on US 1 in Houlton and Littleton impacted travelers this morning. Below, is a message sent out by Sheriff Darrell Crandall of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident.
On Thursday morning, Van Buren Police requested assistance from area law enforcement agencies in locating an individual who was reported to be in mental health crisis. A description of the man and his vehicle were provided. Sheriff’s Deputies located the man traveling south on US 1 in Bridgewater and began to follow at a distance as a Sheriff’s public safety dispatcher communicated directly with the man by phone. As the dispatcher worked diligently to deescalate the man, Deputy Sheriffs called in assistance from State and Houlton Police to stop northbound traffic at two locations on US 1, fearing the man might attempt to crash into oncoming traffic. It was also not known whether the man had any weapons. Once northbound traffic was safely delayed, Sheriff’s Deputies stopped the man’s vehicle on US 1 in Littleton. Once stopped, he attempted to drive off again, but his path was blocked by a Deputy Sheriff. The man actively resisted being taken into protective custody, but was removed from the vehicle after he was cut free from his seatbelt. Sheriff’s Deputies subsequently transported him to Houlton Regional Hospital for medical evaluation. Because of cool heads, communication and teamwork, no one was injured during this potentially dangerous incident. This man will not be identified, and no further information will be forthcoming on this incident.