Porter man arrested after leading police on short chase

Posted June 10, 2013, at 10:04 a.m.

LIMINGTON, Maine — An Oxford County man is in jail Monday after leading police on a short chase that ended in a crash.

Sheriff’s deputies had attempted to stop Eli Thompson, 20, of Porter after a loud exhaust was heard on his vehicle, according to Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Thompson was heading eastbound on Route 25 at 3 a.m. Monday when Sgt. Steven Thistlewood of the York County Sheriff’s Office came across Thompson’s vehicle and attempted to pull him over, King said.

Upon seeing Thistlewood’s patrol car make a U-turn on Route 25 and follow him, Thompson took off at 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, King said.

The chase only lasted a half-mile before the vehicle crashed, the chief deputy said.

Thompson, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with driving to endanger and failing to stop for an officer, King said. Three passengers in the vehicle were treated at the scene.

Thompson is being held at the York County Jail.