2017-07-12 / Front Page

Transient missing since April still at large

By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer

LYMAN — Maine State Police are still seeking the public’s help in locating a transient wanted for reportedly ramming a State Police cruiser in Lyman in April.

Michael S. Irving, 49, is still at large, having been wanted by troopers since April 23 for allegedly striking a police cruiser after being stopped for an inspection sticker violation along Day Road.

State Police posted the update on their social media accounts Tuesday.

During the traffic stop, police said, the trooper was sitting in his cruiser to check on Irving’s identification when Irving put his vehicle in reverse, rammed the cruiser and then drove away. The vehicle was later found abandoned about a half mile away, along an ATV trail near Lyman Elementary School.

Police say Irving — a transient who frequents Old Orchard Beach, Portland and Biddeford — ran into the woods. A search with tracking dogs was conducted, but he was not found. He’s still missing, more than two months later.

The officer, Trooper David Coflesky, was not injured in the incident. The cruiser, however, sustained more than $1,000 dollars in damage to the front end.

Irving is described as 5 foot, 11 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes.

Troopers plan to charge him with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, aggravated criminal mischief and eluding a police officer if he is found.

Anyone with information on Irving’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Gray at 657-3030.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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