CHINA — Trooper Mickeal Nunez remains in stable condition at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta with a severe broken leg after being struck by a fleeing car in China.
State Police say a Caribou man faces a number of charges following a police chase that began in Waterville and ended on Route 3 in China on Sunday, June 14, when he struck a State Trooper.
The man driving the fleeing car, Robert Belmain, 53, of Caribou, is being treated for head injuries.
According to Police, Nunez was struck by Belmain's car while Nunez was outside his cruiser setting up spike strips to deflate Belmain's tires.
“The trooper was struck as he was attempting to retreat to a safe location along Route 3, near the Family Dollar store,” said Police, in a news release.
The chase allegedly began along Interstate 95 in Waterville after another trooper had pulled Belmain's car over after getting reports of a green sports car with no license plates driving erratically on Interstate 95 just south of Clinton.
After Belmain's car was pulled over, it took off, driving erratically on the Interstate, and then proceeded on Route 3 in Augusta, driving toward China. Speeds on both roads allegedly reached 100 MPH, according to the news release. Belmain’s car crashed after it struck the trooper.
Charges pending against Belmain will include Operating Under the Influence, Driving to Endanger, Criminal Speed, Eluding a Police Officer, Failing to Submit to Arrest/Detention, Destruction of Evidence, Reckless Conduct, Possession of a Scheduled Drug, Sale/Use of Drug Paraphernalia and Operating After Suspension of his Driver's License.
Nunez, 30, is a three year veteran of the State Police. He has undergone surgery to fix a broken leg. The driver who hit the trooper also continues to be hospitalized at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.