39-year-old Ricky Cooper of Saco struck a Maine State Police cruiser Route 111 in Lyman this morning, Jan. 30.

From Maine State Police:

On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at approximately 10:15 am, Cpl. Kyle Wells was traveling southbound on Route 35 in Lyman when he observed a Maine Water company truck operating erratically. The truck was swerving in its lane and exceeding the speed limit. After observing the poor operation, Cpl. Wells activated his emergency lights and the utility truck took off at a high rate of speed. At one point the utility truck stopped completely and then proceeded to take off again toward route 111. The pursuit continued westbound on Route 111 in Lyman where the operator came to a complete stop on the side of the road. As Cpl. Wells was exiting his cruiser to speak to the operator, the vehicle accelerated in reverse and struck the State Police cruiser putting it out of commission. Cpl. Wells was not injured. The vehicle took off towards Alfred where it was intercepted by the York County Sheriff’s Office and a pursuit began. The truck ended up crashing at the intersection of Kennebunk Pond and South Waterboro Road in Lyman. The truck was found to have been stolen and the operator, 39-year-old Ricky Cooper of Saco was suspended and on four sets of bail conditions. Cooper was transported to Maine Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Upon release, Cooper will be arrested for Eluding an Officer, Reckless Conduct with a dangerous weapon, Violating Conditions of Release, and theft. The incident remains under investigation.

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