BREWER, Maine — A college student was arrested late Tuesday afternoon, about two hours after hitting 150 mph on his motorcycle during a high-speed chase, according to state police.
Chad Dionne, 21, who is from Madawaska but is living in Brewer while attending Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, was arrested on charges of eluding a police officer and criminal speed, state police Trooper Chris Hashey said Tuesday. Hashey said additional charges might be filed after the case is reviewed by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.
After he was arrested, Dionne was taken to Penobscot County Jail, Hashey said. A jail official said Tuesday night that Dionne since has been released on bail.
Hashey said he was running radar in the I-95 median near the Hogan Road exit in Bangor when he spotted a motorcycle rider whiz by him about 1:30 p.m. at an estimated speed of 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper said that as he began his pursuit, the motorcyclist accelerated and began driving erratically, passing other motorists between the traveling and passing lanes. Hashey said he clocked Dionne at speeds of more than 150 mph as the biker headed north and the trooper temporarily lost sight of him.
Hashey said Dionne apparently slowed down at some point because the trooper spotted him again as the biker turned off on the Kelley Road exit. From there, Dionne turned onto Main Street in Orono, headed toward Veazie, entered Bangor and traveled into Brewer, where Hashey and other police officers lost track of him, according to the trooper.
After receiving a tip, police learned that Dionne likely was on the EMCC campus and they located the 2005 Yamaha sports bike he was driving parked in a garage in Brewer, Hashey said. The model and engine size were not immediately available.
Dionne apparently parked the bike in the garage and used a car to get to EMCC, Hashey said.
“That’s where he went and that’s where we found him,” Hashey said, adding that Dionne was wrapping up a final exam when the trooper found him.
Hashey said Dionne confessed to speeding and initially said he was running late for a final exam. Dionne later acknowledged that “he just basically was being stupid,” Hashey said.