Maine man accused of trying to lure jogger, crashes into police cruiser

A West Paris man is accused of trying to lure a woman into his car and attempting to crash into a police cruiser before leading police on a chase.Rumford police say Austin Kimball, 22, approached a woman who was jogging Wednesday evening, made inappropriate sexual comments toward her and tried to lure her into his car. When she refused and ran off, police say Kimball sped away, then turned around and drove back toward the woman and swerved toward her. The woman was not hurt.A short time later, police spotted Kimball in the Rumford Information Booth parking lot. When they tried to question him, Kimball drove off and tried to crash head-on into an occupied Rumford police cruiser. Officers chased Kimball for 14 miles before his car ran out of gas on East Shore Road at Worthley Pond in Peru.Kimball was charged with reckless conduct with a motor vehicle, driving to endanger, operating after suspension, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, eluding a police officer and violating conditions of release.Police said this was not the first recent incident involving Kimball. In March, he was arrested in West Paris after he was allegedly intoxicated, aggressive and threatened violence upon a store clerk. He was later released on bail with conditions not to use or possess alcohol. Last month, Kimball was arrested again after he was involved in a rollover crash resulting in injuries in West Paris and police determined he was under the influence. He was eventually released again on bail.In a release, Rumford police Chief Tony Milligan said “Because of the seriousness of these incidents, the high risk to the safety of the residents in the region, and Kimball’s repeated unwillingness or inability to comply with bail conditions, submitted a written recommendation to the District Attorney’s Office urging the prosecutor and Court to consider $100,000 cash bail for Kimball citing him as a public safety threat.”Kimball was arraigned Thursday and bail was set at $2,500 cash or $250 with a Maine pre-trial services contract for supervision while awaiting trial.

A West Paris man is accused of trying to lure a woman into his car and attempting to crash into a police cruiser before leading police on a chase.

Rumford police say Austin Kimball, 22, approached a woman who was jogging Wednesday evening, made inappropriate sexual comments toward her and tried to lure her into his car.

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When she refused and ran off, police say Kimball sped away, then turned around and drove back toward the woman and swerved toward her. The woman was not hurt.

A short time later, police spotted Kimball in the Rumford Information Booth parking lot. When they tried to question him, Kimball drove off and tried to crash head-on into an occupied Rumford police cruiser.

Officers chased Kimball for 14 miles before his car ran out of gas on East Shore Road at Worthley Pond in Peru.

Kimball was charged with reckless conduct with a motor vehicle, driving to endanger, operating after suspension, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, eluding a police officer and violating conditions of release.

Police said this was not the first recent incident involving Kimball. In March, he was arrested in West Paris after he was allegedly intoxicated, aggressive and threatened violence upon a store clerk. He was later released on bail with conditions not to use or possess alcohol.

Last month, Kimball was arrested again after he was involved in a rollover crash resulting in injuries in West Paris and police determined he was under the influence. He was eventually released again on bail.

In a release, Rumford police Chief Tony Milligan said “Because of the seriousness of these incidents, the high risk to the safety of the residents in the region, and Kimball’s repeated unwillingness or inability to comply with bail conditions, [the chief] submitted a written recommendation to the District Attorney’s Office urging the prosecutor and Court to consider $100,000 cash bail for Kimball citing him as a public safety threat.”

Kimball was arraigned Thursday and bail was set at $2,500 cash or $250 with a Maine pre-trial services contract for supervision while awaiting trial.