July 25, 2021

Fugitive arrested after chase in Belfast

BELFAST – Police arrested a man wanted in Pennsylvania after he led an officer on a high-speed chase leading into the downtown Friday morning.

Belfast police Officer Wendall Ward said Friday that employees at Belfast Boat Yard notified police dispatchers at about 7:45 a.m. that Dennis Fiscus, 64, address unknown, whose boat was being stored at the yard, had visited. Police had asked the business to notify them if Fiscus returned. He is wanted on warrants from Pennsylvania. Ward did not know what the original charges were.

Ward saw Fiscus driving near the Hannaford grocery store, and followed his vehicle behind the store. Fiscus apparently realized he was being pursued, and accelerated, Ward said, traveling down Starrett Drive, allegedly running a red light and turning east on Main Street.

Ward said Fiscus traveled down Main Street “at a very high rate of speed,” probably more than 60 mph. As he approached the congested downtown area, Fiscus swerved just past the intersection with Market Street to avoid a car, and crashed into a utility pole.

Ward said Fiscus received slight injuries, and was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast for observation. The car’s air bag deployed, and Fiscus was using a seat belt.

He was later arrested on the warrants and on charges of violating conditions of release, failure to stop for an officer, criminal speeding and driving to endanger.

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