June 24, 2018
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Man accused of leading Topsham police on chase while huffing

Topsham Police Department | BDN
Topsham Police Department | BDN
John Yates
By CBS 13

TOPSHAM, Maine — A man accused of leading police on a chase also is accused of “huffing” behind the wheel.

Topsham police say they chased the driver on Interstate 295 and when they stopped him they found a six-pack of keyboard cleaner next to him. Police say he was still huffing the can of compressed air when police finally got him to pull over.

Police say John Yates was driving down Lewiston Road when he drove off the road and into someone’s yard. The homeowner called police but Yates already had pulled away and gotten on I-295, heading toward Brunswick.

Police reportedly caught up to Yates and pulled him over but when police approached the car, Yates pulled off and led them on a brief chase.

Yates crashed into a guardrail after a few miles. Police went to arrest him and said he was not cooperative.

“He refused to get out. It appeared he continued to try to continue to abuse the can of air he had with him. He continued to do that and the officer was forced to remove him from the vehicle,” Topsham Police Chief Christopher Lewis said.

Chief Lewis says speeds never got above 45 mph but with Yates’ reckless behavior, they’re lucky the situation wasn’t much worse.


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