Kingfield man leads police on high speed chase


FARMINGTON — A Kingfield man faces charges after he failed to stop for an officer in Farmington, led police on a chase at speeds of 75 to 85 mph and was finally stopped after spike mats were used in Strong.

John Hinkley, 47, was arrested early Thursday by Farmington police officer Ryan Rosie on charges of failing to stop for police and driving under the influence.

Rosie saw Hinkley drive around the curve at Abbott Hill, near Hippach Field,  two feet over into the left lane about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bonnie Pomeroy, police secretary, read from Rosie’s report.

He followed him up Main Street, but Hinkley failed to stop. Near Horn’s Corner on upper Main Street, he crossed the center line again and then almost hit the median at Belcher Road, she said.

A Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the area, spotted Hinkley’s vehicle and also tried to get him to stop. Hinkley continued on into Strong.

Cpl. Nathan Bean pursued the vehicle from the intersection of routes 4 and 27, Franklin County Deputy Chief Steve Lowell said.

“Deputy Kevin Hartley put out a spike mat near the Fish and Wildlife building in Strong but the vehicle continued on Route 4 until all four tires deflated and the vehicle could not continue,” Lowell said. “Speeds during the pursuit averaged 75-85 mph.”

Along with the charges from Farmington police, Hinkley is facing charges of attempting to elude a police officer, driving to endanger, criminal speed and refusing to submit to arrest or detention after Bean, Hartley and Deputy Nicholas Zecher, with Rosie from Farmington Police Department, arrested him.

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