Couple accused of reckless conduct

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LIVERMORE FALLS — A Jay woman is accused of trying to run over a police officer Sunday and nearly striking a cruiser after police stopped the car she was driving twice before she took off for a third time on Park Street.

Police arrested Mary Tilton, 31, of Jay, on charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct, police Chief Ernest Steward Jr. said Monday. A passenger in Tilton’s car, Frank Tilton, 34, of Jay, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, he said.

The relationship between the Tiltons wasn’t clear on Monday.

Officer Adam Sage initially stopped Mary Tilton’s car on Park Street, which is also Route 133, at 3:53 p.m. Sunday, and issued her a summons for speeding, Steward said.

Apparently she took off after the stop squealing her tires, he said, and Sage went after her and stopped her again and gave her a summons for unnecessary noise.

Lt. Thomas Gould responded to assist Sage and witnessed Sage taking a barrage of insults as he issued the summons, he said.

Frank Tilton got out of the car and started yelling at Sage, Steward said, and Gould stepped in and warned him about disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration. He got back into the car and Mary Tilton got out.

At that point, Frank Tilton started yelling at Mary Tilton, telling her to get back into the car and drive off, Steward said.

He continued to yell and scream at the scene, which was less than 50 yards from two houses and he was only upsetting the driver more, the chief said.

Gould arrested Frank Tilton on the disorderly conduct charge and put him in the department’s Chevrolet Tahoe cruiser.

Gould tried to calm Mary Tilton but she wanted Frank Tilton released and wanted a complaint form to file a claim for harassment against Sage.

When Gould told her didn’t have the forms with him, she got upset with him and also wanted to file a complaint against the lieutenant for harassment also, Steward said.

At that point, Gould walked to the back of the car and Mary Tilton started the engine, put the car in reverse and headed toward Gould and Sage, the chief said.

She barely missed Gould and stopped just short, skidding to a stop, of the 2004 Chevrolet cruiser’s grill, the chief continued. That cruiser had a reserve officer in training in the passenger’s seat, he said.

Then Tilton put the car in drive and squealed off again down the road with Sage in pursuit, Steward said.

She was stopped for a third time near Pike’s Corner Oasis, Steward said.

Both Tiltons were taken to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn and remained there early Monday afternoon.

Frank Tilton was being held on $40 unsecured bail and was expected to be released on personal recognizance bail later Monday, a corrections officer said.

Mary Tilton was being held on $140 cash bail. There was no word on when she was to be released, the officer said.

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