Maine driver’s 3-state chase ends in Mass.

Posted April 03, 2009, at 9:52 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 26-year-old Maine man who raced through three states at speeds as high as 134 mph while dodging police faces multiple charges in Massachusetts, where he was arrested after crashing into a state trooper’s car.

Maine state police Trooper Anthony Keim said he clocked Christopher Goehringer’s 1990 BMW 5 Series car at speeds of up to 134 mph and had trouble keeping up, according to published reports.

A longtime resident of Monroe, Goehringer reportedly covered 55 miles during his 45-minute sprint.

Keim said police began their pursuit of Goehringer at about 4:10 p.m. Thursday in Kennebunkport. He said Goehringer raced onto the Maine Turnpike at the Kennebunk exit at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and veered around spike mats just before he flew through the York toll plaza at 100 mph. The trooper said Goehringer’s car went airborne while passing through the York tolls.

During his southwesterly sprint, Goehringer allegedly weaved through traffic, driving in breakdown lanes and evading police while zooming through parts of New Hampshire. Goehringer’s dash ended when he crashed into a state trooper’s cruiser in Haverhill, Mass., where he faces charges that include failure to stop for a police officer, assault and battery.

It was unclear Friday night where Goehringer is being held.

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Despite reports that Goehringer was a Bangor resident, his state driving record, obtained Friday by the Bangor Daily News, lists his hometown as Monroe.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday that this likely was because a friend of Goehringer’s told police that the man had recently taken up residence somewhere in the Bangor area.

It wasn’t clear Friday if the 134 mph speed represented a state record in terms of speeding violations. The state does not maintain an official list, McCausland said.

Though McCausland often includes a “Speeder of the Week” segment in his public safety newsletter, The Communicator, he did not have time to issue a newsletter this week. He said, however, that if he had, Goehringer would have top billing, hands down.

“This is probably the most dangerous, reckless speeder that we’ve had to contend with in some time,” he said.

“We’re very fortunate that somebody didn’t seriously get hurt,” he said, adding that a number of motorists called police to report the speeding BMW.

McCausland said the state police would consult with the York County District Attorney’s Office to determine what charges Maine will file against Goehringer.

“But obviously, they [Massachusetts authorities] have first dibs on this,” McCausland said.

According to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office and the State Bureau of Identification, Goehringer has a lengthy list of driving violations as well as a criminal history, both spanning several years.

The motor vehicle violations run from 2000 to 2008, according to Goehringer’s Maine driving record, which lists him as a habitual offender.

His driving record includes one conviction for imprudent speed, five convictions for speeding that ranged from 16 mph to 28 mph above the posted limit; and one speeding conviction considered a criminal offense because he was driving at least 30 mph above the posted limit. The exact speed on the criminal charge is not listed on his driving record.

Other convictions include driving to endanger, failure to obey a stop sign, illegal transportation of liquor, violation of the seat belt law, failure to produce evidence of insurance and several instances each of driving after suspension and failure to display a valid inspection sticker,

According to his rap sheet, Goehringer has been convicted of various offenses dating back to 2001, including theft by receiving stolen property, felony burglary, felony theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, probation violations and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

The Associated Press and the Portland Press Herald contributed to this report.

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