Hartford man charged in chase that exceeded 100 mph in Aroostook

Posted Oct. 04, 2013, at 8:38 a.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — A Hartford man is facing multiple charges after allegedly leading police on a high speed chase that at times exceeded 100 miles per hour along several local roads early Friday morning.

The driver and sole occupant of the 2007 black Chevy truck, 33-year-old Jonathan Holt, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of intoxicants, eluding, passing a roadblock and driving to endanger, according to the Maine State Police.

The incident began at about 22 minutes after midnight on Oct. 4, when a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Fort Street in Mars Hill, according to a press release issued by state police Sgt. Josh Haines.

The Chevy truck failed to stop and a high speed pursuit ensued with Haines and trooper Rob Flynn following the vehicle at speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to the release. The chase continued North on Route 1A through Easton and into Fort Fairfield turning onto Route 167 and eventually the Conant Road.

The truck then ran over a spike mat that had been set up by Fort Fairfield police, but continued on, though at a slower speed, despite all four tires being flattened, Haines reported.

The Chevy made it back onto Route 1A for a short distance before turning onto a field road and getting stuck in the grass, where officers arrested Holt, according to Haines..

No injuries were reported and Holt’s vehicle was the only one damaged, Haines said.

Maine State Police were assisted by members of the Fort Fairfield Police Department, Border Patrol, Presque Isle Police Department, and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

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