WATERVILLE, Maine — An Iowa man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly stole a woman’s car and led police on a pursuit that began in Waterville and concluded in Winslow.
Just before midnight on Saturday, Waterville police received a call from a woman that her vehicle had been stolen from her Leighton Street residence, and the green Chrysler PT Cruiser was spotted at the intersection of Hazelwood and College avenues, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.
The driver, Tyler Uehling, 22, of Sioux City, Iowa, refused to stop for Officer Andrew McMullen and led the officer on a chase with speeds reaching 80 miles per hour, according to Rumsey.
The chase wound downtown and across the Carter Memorial Bridge into Winslow. At the intersection of Carter Memorial Drive and China Road, Uehling slammed on his brakes, skidded off the road, through a guardrail and into the grass on the side of the road, Rumsey said.
“He drove for a short distance in the grass before stopping,” said Rumsey.
Uehling was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, criminal speeding, driving without a license, operating under the influence and eluding an officer. The last of the charges is a Class C felony.
Uehling was taken to the Kennebec County Jail, where his bail was set at $3,000 cash.