Maine man flees police on snowmobile, snowshoes, police say

Neil Lanteigne, of West Paris, allegedly fired at officers before attempting to escape.

WEST PARIS, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man fired at officers serving an arrest warrant before attempting to escape on a snowmobile, then snowshoes.

Oxford County deputies say deputies were investigating 43-year-old Neil Lanteigne for criminal trespass and threatening with a firearm when they realized he was a convicted felon. There was a standoff when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant.

WCSH-TV reports that Lanteigne was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun when he fled on a snowmobile and then ran into the woods on snowshoes on Wednesday.

The state police tactical team was called, and the West Paris man was eventually arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and with criminal trespassing. More charges are likely. It’s not known if he has an attorney.