Woman Loosens Restraints, Climbs Over Partition & Steals Maine Police Cruiser
It was quite a scene that unfolded in South Portland on Monday as police were originally called to a disturbance that was going on in the area of Clarks Pond Parkway. WMTW News 8 is reporting that officers were called to the scene on Monday to investigate a possible stolen car.
The news station reports that when police arrived on scene at Clarks Pond Parkway, a male suspect had already left the scene, leaving a woman behind. Police began to interview the woman and quickly realized that she was in possession of a car that had been previously reported stolen.
South Portland Police continued their investigation, quickly realizing that the stolen vehicle was full of other stolen items. This is when police took Alexis Irving, 29, into custody. They put her in handcuffs and placed her into the back of a South Portland Police cruiser.
She was sitting in the back of the cruiser while officers continued to go about their investigation at the scene. During that time, WMTW is reporting that Irving was successfully able to loosen her restraints and climb through the partition that separates that back seats and front seats.
Irving climbed into the drivers seat and took off in the police cruiser. Police say Irving took off up Interstate 95 and was later tracked to a home in Biddeford. When police made contact with Irving in Biddeford, she fled into a home, though police were able to take her back into custody a short time later.
WMTW says that Alexis Irving is facing several charges that include unauthorized use of property, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and OUI.
The news station also reports that the man who fled from the original scene in South Portland was found and charged. Wesley Fournell, 47, is now facing charges of receiving stolen property, possession of scheduled drugs and criminal mischief.
This is a developing story and we will continue to keep it updated as more information becomes available to us.