State police halt chase when speed hits 100 mph in Harrington

Posted May 08, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.

HARRINGTON, Maine — A motorist eluded a trooper in a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, Maine State Police reported Thursday.

A state police supervisor called off the pursuit when speeds reached 100 mph, said Lt. Roderick Charette of Troop J in Ellsworth.

“The risk of the chase outweighed the apprehension,” said Charette.

The incident began about 8 p.m. Wednesday when Trooper Jeff Taylor stopped a motorist for a seat belt violation on U.S. 1. When the officer approached the car on foot, the man drove off, according to Charette.

The car, with the trooper following, traveled on U.S. 1 and briefly went down a side road and the Sunrise Trail. At that point, the vehicle was traveling at about 40-45 mph, Charette said.

However, when the driver turned onto the Willey District Road, heading west, “he really put the pedal to the metal,” the lieutenant said.

A supervisor halted the pursuit when the speeds reached 100 mph, said Charette, but the trooper continued down the road and found what he believed was the suspect’s vehicle parked in a driveway.

A tracking dog was brought to the scene but was unsuccessful in following a trail, indicated Charette. The vehicle was not registered to the homeowner, who allowed police to search the residence and garage. The suspect driver was not located, but some evidence was gathered and the investigation continues, the lieutenant said.

 

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