Route 202 traffic stop leads to 3½-hour standoff in Monmouth


MONMOUTH — A 67-year-old man with addresses in Greene and Vero Beach, Fla., was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday after a 3½-hour standoff with police that shut down a portion of Route 202.

No one was hurt in the incident, which began with a simple traffic stop at 11:03 p.m. Tuesday.

Douglass McCaig was pulled over by Monmouth officer Richard Alexander for failing to dim his high beams as they passed on Route 202, police said.

McCaig became aggressive and uncooperative toward the police officer and drove off, nearly hitting Alexander as he pulled away.

Alexander chased McCaig for a short distance and pulled him over a second time.

McCaig threatened to harm himself and officers.


Police shut down Route 202 between Blue Road and Route 132 and the Maine State Police Tactical Team was called to the scene.

It ended peacefully at about 2:30 a.m. with McCaig’s arrest. He was charged with failing to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger, operating under the influence, criminal threatening, refusing to submit to arrest and creating a police standoff.

He was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center for a medical evaluation and then to the Kennebec County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 cash.