OTISFIELD — Officers from three law enforcement agencies spent hours searching the woods for a man who fled a sheriff’s deputy earlier in the afternoon. 

, 28, of Norway, was wanted on three arrest warrants for hundreds of dollars in unpaid fines from previous criminal convictions, according to Lt. Brian Landis of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Paine was arrested and taken to the Oxford County Jail in South Paris where he was being held on bail for a court appearance Friday in Paris, a corrections officer said.

According to Landis, Oxford County Deputy Michael Dailey responded to a report of a possible break-in at 153 Bolsters Mills Road in Otisfield after 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

When Dailey arrived, a group of people, including Paine, was standing outside the home, Landis said. Paine bolted into the woods and the deputy gave chase, he said.

The rest of the group had dispersed by the time Dailey returned to the house to call for backup and a police tracking dog to locate Paine in the thick woods between Otisfield and Harrison.

At least 10 officers from the sheriff’s offices in Oxford and Cumberland counties and Maine State Police took part in the search, Landis said. 

The reported burglary is under investigation.

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