WINDHAM — A Portland man has again been accused of stealing and crashing a U-Haul truck after being involved in a similar incident on Halloween night, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says.
A press release from the Sheriff’s Office says that William Wyman, 41, was arrested on the night of Feb. 25 after a deputy witnessed him driving a U-Haul pickup truck traveling “at a high rate of speed” on Route 35 in Standish.
The release says that Wyman began driving “erratically” and refused to stop when the deputy tried to pull him over, eventually crashing the truck near the intersection of Tandberg Trail and Knox Road in Windham after another deputy saw the vehicle go through a red light at the corner of Routes 35 and 302.
Wyman and the truck both received “minor damage” in the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said. Wyman has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, criminal speed, driving to endanger, failing to stop for a police officer, operating after suspension, a probation hold, and other traffic violations according to the release.
According to an earlier press release from the sheriff’s office, Wyman was also charged with eluding and reckless conduct after driving a U-Haul van on Halloween night and led a sheriff’s deputy on a chase on Ossipee Trail before crashing into two vehicles and ultimately ending up in the woods in Standish.
“This is the second time the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office has had contact with Wyman in the past 4 months,” the Feb. 27 release said. “On Halloween night, he attempted to elude Deputies in another stolen U-Haul that ended with a crash in Standish.”
Sherriff’s Office Captain Scott Stewart said that the charges against Wyman from October are still pending. He said there is no clear explanation for the similarity between both of the alleged incidents involving Wyman and described that similarity as “kind of odd.”
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