Update: Brooks man arrested after police chase, standoff

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:12 PM EST
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PLYMOUTH, Maine (WABI) - A Brooks man was taken into custody following a police chase through several Maine towns Monday morning.

Belfast Police say just after 2:30 a.m., they pulled over Stephen Larrabee, 48, for a license plate violation on Searsport Road.

They say during the stop they started to suspect Larrabee was impaired by drugs, alcohol, or both.

When they asked Larrabee to step out of the car, they say he reached for something they believed to be a handgun.

Officers say Larrabee then drove away, prompting a slow speed pursuit.

A Waldo County deputy was eventually able to use a spike strip on the car, which came to a stop on Moosehead Trail in Plymouth.

Authorities say when the driver refused to get out, negotiators from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and Belfast PD were called to the scene.

”We negotiated for about four hours trying to get the individual out of the vehicle. We activated our drone team and then a special response team, and eventually, we were able to deploy the team and get him out of the vehicle,” said Chief Deputy John Knappe, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

Larrabee is facing a number of charges including operating after revocation, violations of conditions of release, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, and felon in possession of firearms.

Belfast Police say more drug charges could be coming.

Larrabee is currently being held at the Waldo County Jail.

This story will be updated.