Maine State Police: 3 Teens in Custody After Stealing SUV, Police Chase

Maine State Police South Portland stolen SUV
Maine State Police

Three teenage boys who were at a detention facility are back in custody after allegedly escaping, stealing an SUV and leading police in Maine on a short chase.

State police say the teens escaped from the Long Creek Detention Center while they were staying with staffers at the Stratton Brook Huts early Friday morning, stealing the SUV, cash and wine.

Officers caught up with the teens in Falmouth mid-Friday morning, and tried to stop it after it went through the Maine Mall exit in South Portland, when the stolen SUV started to speed off.

Troopers performed a PIT maneuver to end the chase before it hit populated areas, and the stolen SUV hit a snow bank, causing it to overturn.

The teens weren't injured because they were wearing seat belts.

The driver was identified as 19-year-old Jesse James Ramsdell of Acton, while his passengers were Christopher Harmon of Sanford and Jonathan Vasselian of Summer, both 18.

All were charged with unauthorized use of property and were taken to Cumberland County Jail.

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