A security inspection of a New Hampshire commercial vehicle resulted in the arrest of a fugitive from Texas.
Public Safety Department spokeswoman Shannon Moss said the incident began at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon when the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Control Unit stopped the vehicle, which bore New Hampshire license plates, on Route 4 to Turner for a safety inspection. The driver told Troopers he was from Hartford, Connecticut, and said he did not have a license. Police made several attempts to positively identify the driver, but he did not cooperate with their investigation, giving them different names, social security numbers, addresses and dates of birth, but none of them. them was valid. Contacting the driver’s wife and boss also didn’t help, as they both gave conflicting information.
He was placed under arrest for failing to provide accurate information, operating without a license and possessing marijuana in a commercial vehicle. The police handcuffed his hands behind his back and put him in a patrol car, where he was tied to the seat for transport. However, soon after, as the soldiers questioned a passenger of the box van, they spotted the suspect in custody fleeing the cruiser in the woods, with his handcuffs now in front of him. Due to knee deep mud, soldiers waited for reinforcements to help escort the subject out of the woods.
After taking him to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment, the suspect was transported to Androscoggin County Jail. He was eventually identified as Joshua Keith Darby, 40, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, wanted in Texas for money laundering. He is currently being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, awaiting his extradition, with the following new charges in Maine:
- Operation without a license
- Failure to provide correct name and date of birth
- Possession of marijuana in a commercial vehicle
- Operating under the influence of drugs
- Possession of alcohol in a commercial vehicle
- Operation without logbook in a commercial vehicle
- Not submit to arrest or detention
Moss says Darby has a strong criminal history across the country which includes charges of domestic violence, domestic violence, aggravated violence, burglary, theft, criminal threats, robbery, probation violations, of gun trafficking in prison, escape from the police, assault on a law enforcement officer with a gun and second degree murder.
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