UPDATE: Man accused of stealing cruiser while handcuffed is injured in car crash
UPDATE May 15: Tyler Tibbetts was released from EMMC Monday and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. State Police have charged him with theft of a motor vehicle, as a result of the Dexter Police cruiser he stole Friday. Dover Foxcroft Police have charged him as a result of the chase he took part in on Friday afternoon. He also faces probation violations.
The young man accused of stealing a Dexter Police cruiser this morning has been involved in a serious crash driving another car. Police were chasing the vehicle on Route 15 in Corinth when it crashed into trees. Tyler Tibbetts has been seriously injured and was pinned inside the wreck. First responders were working to free him and a Lifeflight helicopter has landed nearby to fly him to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Tibbetts stole the Dexter cruiser about 11:30 while still in handcuffs. It was found abandoned a couple of miles away about 90 minutes later.
Police later found him behind the wheel of a second vehicle and chased the car along Route 15 until it crashed. Tibbetts was alone and it is not clear how he obtained the second vehicle. No officers were injured in today’s incident.
Cruiser has been found in Garland; suspect remains at large, as of 1:20 p.m.
Maine State Police have joined the search for a stolen Dexter Police Department cruiser. The fully marked white Ford Explorer with number 3 on the front fender was stolen about 11:30 a.m., May 11, and was last seen headed toward Garland. The driver is Tyler Tibbetts, 22, who is in handcuffs.
Tibbetts should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 5-foot, 9 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing tan shorts and a salmon colored tee shirt. Anyone seeking this Dexter Police cruiser should call 911 immediately.