An Oxford man has been granted bail after allegedly eluding police during a blizzard

An Oxford man has been granted bail after allegedly eluding police during a blizzard

March 3—PARIS — An Oxford man who led police on a high-speed chase during a snowstorm this week had his bail set at $250 cash Friday.

Dawson Bond, 20, appeared in South Paris District Court via video conference from the Oxford County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest Thursday in Oxford.

An officer faced multiple charges stemming from his alleged flight from police when they attempted to stop his vehicle for a suspected registration and inspection violation, police said.

Judge Tammy Hamm-Johnson ordered the bond set at $250 cash with the condition that she not drive until she is properly licensed.

Norwegian attorney Maurice Porter said Bond’s family hired him to represent Bond even though Bond was found to be partially indigent and the court would have appointed him an attorney.

Bonds was charged with eluding an officer and passing a roadblock, both felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison, according to jail officials.

He faces five misdemeanor charges, including violating conditions of release, driving to endanger, operating while license suspended or revoked, attaching false plates and failure to stop, remain and provide information, each charge punishable by up to six months in jail.

Bond did not enter the plea Friday because the felony charges must be presented to a grand jury to go to trial, unless the defendant waives the indictment.

He will be sent back to court in June.

Police said Bond was driving a GMC pickup truck on Skitfield Road in Oxford during the snowstorm when a local police officer noticed the vehicle had a registration and inspection violation.

The officer attempted to pull the truck over, but Bond failed to stop and began to erratically pass other vehicles to avoid the officer, police said.

The truck turned into the parking lot of the Ocean State job lot on Route 26 and drove into the parking lot of Goodwin’s Chevrolet, police said. The truck reversed onto southbound Main Street and struck a passing motorist, police said.

As Bond approached the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Street, an officer set up a roadblock with a spike mat, which Bond was able to avoid, but nearly hit a tractor-trailer, police said.

He turned onto Fourth Street, then lost control and the chase ended in a driveway, where Bond was taken into custody, police said.

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