The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office took a report Tuesday at about 1:30 pm from Terry White of Easton, saying his white 2012 Freightliner tractor had been stolen from his business in Easton. White said the tractor did not have a trailer attached and was last seen heading toward Presque Isle.

Deputy Sheriff Vance Palmer was sent to the scene and determined that the truck had been taken by 39-year-old Jessie White and 33-year-old Darcy Webber, both of Easton.

An alert for the truck was sent out to area law enforcement agencies and social media was used to get the word out to the public about the stolen truck.

At approximately 4:40 pm, the Sheriff’s Office was alerted that the truck was spotted on Route 163 in Castle Hill and was heading west towards Ashland.

Ashland Police Officer Laney Merchant intercepted the truck, but the driver refused to stop when the officer activated her emergency lights and siren. A Border Patrol unit and Deputy Palmer joined the pursuit.

For public safety reasons, law enforcement units backed off as the truck approached Main Street in Ashland at a high rate of speed.

The stolen truck continued onto the Sheridan Road and turned onto a railroad crossing. Ultimately, the truck became stuck on the tracks as it attempted to turn around. The occupants got out of the truck and fled into the woods.

A State Police tracking dog was called to assist, but the suspects were not found in the area.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking Jessie White and Darcy Webber and arrest warrants have been issued for both. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-432-7842 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-638-TIPS (8477).

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