June 18, 2018
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Caribou man arrested after 110 mph chase

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — State police arrested a Caribou man after a chase Friday evening that hit speeds topping 100 mph on Interstate 95, just hours after the man had been indicted on charges stemming from another chase in which he allegedly rammed a police cruiser.

Police said Jayson Boyd, 18, allegedly was driving a stolen car north on I-95 in the Clinton area just before 10:30 p.m. Friday when he was clocked going 98 mph by Maine State Police Trooper Joseph Chretien.

Boyd then sped up and attempted to lose the officer, who said Saturday that his cruiser hit speeds in excess of 110 mph during the pursuit.

“He just took off,” Chretien said. “He was all over the place, in both lanes and on the shoulder. He had no intention of stopping.”

At one point, Boyd reportedly clipped a U-Haul trailer in the breakdown lane, damaging the 2005 Hyundai that he allegedly had stolen in Caribou earlier Friday, Chretien said. Boyd eventually pulled over around mile marker 146 near Pittsfield and fled into the woods on foot, according to the trooper.

A police dog was brought in and Boyd was found about one-half to three-quarters of a mile south of where the car stopped.

This was not the first high-speed chase involving Boyd this year.

Just hours before Friday night’s incident, Boyd was indicted by an Aroostook County grand jury on charges of eluding an officer, vehicle theft, criminal operating while under the influence and operating under suspension.

Those charges stemmed from an incident this spring during which Boyd allegedly attempted to flee Caribou police in another stolen vehicle. Caribou police Sgt. Ronald Curtis said Sunday that at one point during the chase, Boyd rammed a police cruiser, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Curtis said Boyd is well-known to area police.

On Sunday, Boyd was being held at the Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan on multiple charges, including vehicle theft, criminal speeding, felony eluding an officer, operating while under the influence, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, violating conditions of release from jail and other charges.

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