April 24, 2018
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Police apprehend high-speed chase suspect in Appleton

Knox County Jail | BDN
Knox County Jail | BDN
Claire Mitchell
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

APPLETON, Maine — The suspected driver of a car who eluded police following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash Saturday night was apprehended Wednesday evening.

Claire Mitchell, 35, of Appleton, was found in Appleton and arrested by Maine State Police Sgt. Pat Hood, according to Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. The sheriff’s office had obtained an arrest warrant for Mitchell after deputies were unable to find him following Saturday’s incident.

More information about his capture was not immediately available.

Mitchell was charged with driving to endanger, criminal speed, eluding an officer, operating after suspension, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, violation of conditions of release and refusing to submit to arrest, according to Carroll.

The chase began after a motorist called to report that a truck was traveling from side to side in the road, crossing the center line and almost going into the ditch on either side. The motorist also reported that his own vehicle was damaged as items such as tools and a tackle box were being thrown out of the truck.

A sheriff’s department deputy located the suspect’s truck in Union and attempted to stop it at the Maritime Farms parking lot on Route 17. As the officer approached the driver’s side of the truck, the operator sped off. The officer pursued the vehicle north on Route 131 and then onto Butler Road. The officer lost sight of the vehicle at times when speeds reached 70 miles per hour, but eventually came upon the truck crashed in a ditch off Butler Road.

The driver had fled the scene on foot but a passenger, who was uninjured, remained behind, according to Carroll.

Other police officers were called in as well as Maine State Police K-9 teams, but they were unable to locate the suspect.

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