GPS helps police track stolen van; Portland man arrested after high-speed chase through Oxford


Feb. 17 – OXFORD – A Portland man driving a stolen van in Saco was arrested Thursday morning following a high-speed chase through Oxford and into Poland.

William Wyman, 55, is accused of stealing a ServiceMaster van Thursday morning from a construction site in Saco. Unbeknownst to him, the van was fitted with a GPS tracking device, Oxford police officer Brandon Correia said.

Oxford Police Department was notified at 9.54am the van was on Route 121 in Otisfield. Correira, who was on Route 121 at the time, spotted the vehicle.

When he tried to stop her on Pleasant Street in Oxford, the van sped up with Correia in pursuit. After about 15 minutes and with speeds reaching around 70 mph, an Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Deputy used spike mats and others used a maneuver to stop the vehicle on Highway 26 in Poland.

Wyman was arrested without incident. He was charged with evading an officer, dangerous driving, motor vehicle theft, speeding and driving while suspended.

Correia said he was being held without bond at Oxford County Jail in Paris.

According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss, Wyman was out on bail on a stolen vehicle charge earlier this month.


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