June 19, 2018
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Cumberland County man arrested after fleeing deputies in stolen car

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CASCO, Maine — A Cumberland County man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase in a stolen car.

The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Christopher Hunt, 33, of Harrison began at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, when deputies investigated a hit and run accident in Standish, according to Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Police determined the vehicle involved in the accident, the Buick Century Hunt was driving, was stolen. It was located on Route 302 in Naples, but Hunt fled when police attempted to stop it, Goulet said.

The vehicle’s speeds reached 100 miles per hour and swerved into oncoming traffic at certain points, and police decided to terminate the pursuit, Goulet said.

An hour and a half after the chase was terminated, Hunt’s stolen vehicle was found again, and again he fled on deputies, Goulet said.

After about four miles of chase, three of Hunt’s tires were deflated by spike strips in Casco, and he fled into the woods after crashing the car on Roosevelt Trail, the captain said.

Hunt was found by a canine unit and taken into custody. He was charged with operating as a habitual offender, leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger, receiving stolen property and two counts of eluding police.

Hunt is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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