Minot man arrested following two fires and police chase

7:16 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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MINOT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A Minot man is under arrest after two fires and a police chase Friday afternoon.

Police said Michael Callahan has been charged with domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, and violation of conditions of release.  

The State Fire Marshal's office said the two fires that broke out Friday afternoon have been ruled arsons, and Callahan is considered a suspect in both.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department was called to Callahan's home at 185 Verrill Rd. in Minot just before 2 p.m. Friday for the report of a structure fire. 

A short time later, police received another call that a red 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche had rear ended a 2006 Ford car driven by Laurie Callahan, Michael Callahan's wife, on Elm Street in Mechanic Falls. Just after that call, authorities were called to another structure fire at Laurie Callahan's home on Highland Avenue in Mechanic Falls.

When police were responding to the Mechanic Falls fire, they came across Callahan and attempted to stop him.  Callahan refused to stop, and then lead police on a chase from Mechanic Falls into Minot.  

After Callahan stopped on Goodwin Road in Minot, police said he backed up and attempted to ram a police cruiser.  A sheriff's deputy backed up to avoid Callahan, and fired his gun in defense of himself.  Police said Callahan then fled the scene.

The chase continued into Hebron, and Callahan stopped on Green Mountain Road where he was surrounded by police.  He was talked out of his vehicle, and then taken into custody.  He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston where he was admitted for observation.  He didn't sustain any injuries.

Callahan was charged last year after police said he engaged them in an armed standoff at his home where dozens of shots were fired over a six hour period.  

Police said bail was set at $10,000 cash for Callahan's domestic violence charge, and there is no bail allowed for his violations of conditions of release charge until he appears before a judge. More charges are anticipated upon completion of the investigation.

All municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies converged on the area Friday afternoon as the incidents unfolded to assist in taking Michael Callahan into custody.  

Maine State Police is now leading the investigation.


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