Man faces charges after fleeing crash

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JAY – A Livermore man faces multiple charges after a short manhunt following a car accident Sunday on Davenport Hill Road.

James Woodbury, 47, of Livermore, was involved in a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon, said police Chief Larry White Sr.

When responding officer Michael Mejia arrived at the scene, he observed a man walking in the roadway dressed in camouflage and carrying a shotgun, White said.

The man went into a heavily wooded area about a half mile south of the accident scene when a backup officer arrived. The officers sealed off the area and called for more assistance.

After a short search, State Trooper Matthew Casavant and a police dog located Woodbury behind a large rock about 15 feet from the roadway. Casavant did not know at the time whether Woodbury was armed or not and tried to negotiate with him, White said.

Woodbury did not cooperate and attempted to flee again. Casavant released the dog against Woodbury, but Woodbury continued to resist arrest and assaulted the officer, White said. Woodbury was arrested at 3:05 p.m. Both the officer and Woodbury suffered minor injuries.

A shotgun, which was discarded by Woodbury before he was arrested, was later located near the side of the road after Woodbury was apprehended. Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy David Rackliff and his police dog located the firearm. The shotgun was loaded and Woodbury carried more ammunition with him when he fled the accident scene, White said.

“We are still investigating why he was wearing camouflage and carrying a shotgun,” White said on Monday.

Jay officers took Woodbury to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for treatment. Following his discharge, he was then taken to Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for sentencing in connection with an earlier habitual offender conviction.

On Monday, White said Woodbury will also face charges of unlawful possession of a schedule W drug, a class D prescription drug, driving under the influence of liquor, violation of condition of release, assault on an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, driving after license suspension, habitual offender, and failure to give his correct name and address to a law officer.

Jay officers Sgt. Troy Young and Cpl. Jeff Fournier, as well as officers from the Maine State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Wilton, Farmington and Livermore Falls departments assisted in the arrest.

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