Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PA Escapee Captured on ME Turnpike - Wells

NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety

from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811


State Police say an escapee from a Pennsylvania jail was arrested on the Maine Turnpike early Monday morning.  Derek Lee Black, 34, of Albion, PA was a passenger in a car driven by a Bangor woman which was stopped  about 4 a.m. on the turnpike by the Ogunquit-Wells town line.  Black had been missing since March from a correctional facility in Erie, PA.


Trooper Richard Maguire pulled the car over for an expired registration and when Black was questioned, he gave the trooper a false name.  The car’s driver, 26 year old Mindy Baxter of Bangor, also told the trooper she did not know her passenger’s full name. 


Black was arrested for failing to give a correct name.  An FBI fingerprint check of him at the York County Jail later revealed his true identity.  Black had been jailed in Pennsylvania on drug charges and disappeared from a hospital in March where he had been taken for a facial cut.  Arrangements are now being made to return him to Pennsylvania to face escape charges.  


Baxter was summonsed for operating a vehicle with a restricted license.