New Sweden man eludes 17 law enforcement officers and three K-9 units
AROOSTYOOK COUNTY – Patrol Sergeant Forrest Dudley said that sheriff’s deputies are still searching for New Sweden resident Scott R. Plourde, 42, who ran from officers during a stop last Thursday.
Dudley said the officers had conducted a “felony stop” for Plourde in order to assist Caribou police who had a warrant out for his arrest on a variety of charges, including a violation of protection from abuse.
Plourde ran into the woods, escaping the arresting officers.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a male passenger, travelling with Plourde, on possession of drug paraphernalia.
Soon after Plourde ran away, 17 officers from a variety of law enforcement agencies, including the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Maine State Troopers, and the Maine Warden Service joined three K-9 units to begin scouring the nearby wooded areas.
The search has so far been unsuccessful.
Investigators searched Plourde’s home on Friday.
Dudley said, “There’s nothing to make us believe that he is armed.”
Investigators are still searching northern Maine. Dudley said, “We believe he is still in Aroostook County.”
Dudley expressed confidence they would eventually apprehend Plourde. He said, “Time is on our side. He’s got to get lucky all the time. We've just got to get lucky once.”
Officials are asking for anyone with any knowledge of Plourde's whereabouts to contact the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office at 532-3471 or the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers (1-800-638-TIPS / 1-800-638-8477).