Baby Bonnie and Clyde

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Normally, I wouldn’t even look at this story. Here are two reasons I did: 1. I traveled this road last year and 2. I don’t trust anything I read anymore.

When I saw that the teenager was clocked at speeds of up to 100 mph on a very twisty, mountainous road, I immediately wondered how, unless he’s the son of Mario Andretti, he managed to traverse such a road without driving off the edge. My maximum speed was probably 40 mph, and that was often too fast for unfamiliar terrain.

This area is also in the news again, as it’s the nearest border crossing to the Lac Megantic area, which hosted its own cross-border earlier this year. Is this just an excuse to bring it back into their news?

As an aside, this is probably the only border point I’ve been at where there was a 5 car, 20 minute delay going into Canada — and not one car over that time crossing into the US. The road and scenery in Maine is also very beautiful in the summer.

Two Canadian teenagers are in custody after a crime spree that began with a stolen car in Ontario over the weekend and ended Tuesday morning in a chase by police and shots fired by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Franklin County, authorities said.

Wearing a hospital gown and neck brace for injuries he suffered when he jumped into the Carrabassett River, Zachary Wittke leaves Farmington District Court on Tuesday.

The teenagers from Ontario – a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl from communities just outside Ottawa – led officers on a southbound chase in which speeds reached 100 mph on Route 27 from the border crossing linking Coburn Gore and St.-Augustin-de-Woburn, Quebec.

They were caught after crashing the car and fleeing into the Carrabassett River, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release.

“It was a mini Bonnie and Clyde thing,” Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said.

Zachary Wittke of Eganville, Ontario, was charged in Maine with three Class C felonies: eluding an officer, passing a roadblock and aggravated criminal mischief.

Speeds during the chase early Tuesday morning reached more than 100 mph, and Border Patrol agents fired shots at the fleeing car after it collided with two Border Patrol vehicles. Neither of the teens was hit by gunfire, and neither fired at authorities, Nichols said.

via Two Canadian teens in custody after wild Maine chase | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.


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