Patrolman Herbert E. Towne

Patrolman Herbert E. Towne

Newport Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, November 18, 1964

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Herbert E. Towne

Patrolman Herbert Towne was killed in an automobile crash during a vehicle pursuit on Route 100 and Route 2.

At 10:45 p.m., he attempted to pull over two vehicles- one merged onto Route 2, and another continued onto Route 95- when he lost control of his patrol car on a curve. The vehicle overturned, ejecting him.

The speeders were never apprehended.

Patrolman Towne was a United States Navy Korean War veteran and had served with the Newport Police Department for five months. He was survived by his parents and sisters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman Towne, it has been 59 years since you were taken from us. Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 18, 2023

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