Maine fugitive nabbed in Edgartown

Officers pursued Mr. Olson the length of Barnes Road southbound into Edgartown. –File photo by Ralph Stewart

On Wednesday, March 15, just after 12 pm, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown police teamed up to arrest Eric Charles Olson, age 41, who was wanted on outstanding extraditable probation arrest warrants in the state of Maine. Mr. Olsen had outstanding warrants for: Theft of Services, Theft by Deception, Forgery and Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer. In addition to the warrants from Maine, Mr. Olsen had an outstanding warrant for Larceny from a Building in Brookline District Court and his right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts had been suspended.

Detectives from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown began investigating Mr. Olsen after receiving information from Maine Department of Corrections Probation Department regarding a fugitive who was possibly living and working on Martha’s Vineyard. It was reported to the Oak Bluffs Police Department that he may have been using a family member’s identity to evade arrest, according to the Oak Bluffs police Facebook page.

Oak Bluffs police located the vehicle he had been operating, a white Ford Econoline van, registered to Benjamin Stafford, in a driveway on Wachuset Avenue, according to the police report. A short time later, Oak Bluffs Detective Jeffrey LaBell and Edgartown detective Michael Snowden, patrolling on an unmarked cruiser, saw Mr. Olsen heading on Washington Ave, heading towards Barnes Rd. Det. LaBell initiated a motor vehicle stop on Barnes Road, but Mr. Olson refused to stop. Oak Bluffs police officer Chris Wiggin joined the pursuit.

Officers pursued Mr. Olson the length of Barnes Road, to the Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd. intersection, which was blocked by the car of Edgartown police officer Ryan Ruley, where Mr. Olsen was apprehended. In addition to the outstanding warrants, Mr. Olson will be charged in the Edgartown District Court with Fugitive from Justice, Failure to Stop for the Police, Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspension, Driving to Endanger and Resisting Arrest.

Mr. Olson is currently being held at the Dukes County Jail without bail.