10/11/18, Maine First Project Staff Report,
This past weekend, Maine State Police chased a Muslim man through Yarmouth — as the suspect weaved in and out of traffic.
State Police say Mohammed Alzamili’s driving was dangerous as he sped on I-295 toward Portland.
Trooper Patrick Flanagan pulled Alzamili over for erratic driving. However, as Alzamili appeared to be pulling over, he suddenly hit the gas and took off.
The chase reached speeds of 110 mph.
From I-295 in Yarmouth, the chase continued to Portland, where Alzamili exited onto Washington Avenue. He then turned right onto Anderson Street and then Fox Street.
According to State Police, while on Fox Street, Alzamili nearly ran down several people at the Rising Tide Brewing Company.
Trooper Flanagan has to slow down due to all the pedestrians and lost sight of Alzamili as he sped away from the scene.
Alzamili parked his car behind a building hid.
Police were able to later find Alzamili who then ran away. After a foot chase, Alzamili was caught entering his apartment on Fox Street and arrested him.
Alzamili was taken to Cumberland County Jail. He’s facing charges of Eluding an Officer (Class C), Aggravated Driving to Endanger (Class C), Failure to submit to arrest (Class C) and Criminal Speed (Class E).
Portland is a Harboring Haven, and law enforcement is not allowed to inquire as to the immigration status of suspects. Officers are also not permitted to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies.
Zach Gelpey, Executive Director of Maine First Project, says Portland’s Harboring Haven polices put Maine families at risk.
“The cops in Portland have been handcuffed and muzzled by the Portland City Council,” Gelpey said. “Police were not allowed to ask this guy about his immigration status. And the cops aren’t allowed to share any information about this guy with ICE. That means Alzamili — if applicable — won’t face deportation and could put the lives of more Mainers in danger once he’s back on the streets.”
Maine First Project advocates for defunding Harboring Havens, mandating E-Verify, cutting off welfare benefits for illegal aliens and fixing the refugee resettlement racket.
It should be pointed out, that due to Portland’s Harboring Haven status, Alzamili’s arrest won’t be reflected in crime statistics for non-citizens.
Tropper Flanagan should be praised for pursuing the suspect and eventually apprehending him, without injuring any innocent bystanders.