Houlton man arrested in high-speed chase through central Maine

Posted Oct. 17, 2010, at 11:47 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.

A Houlton man is facing numerous charges after reportedly leading police on a high-speed chase through several central Maine towns Saturday morning while driving a stolen SUV.

The incident began just before 9 a.m. Saturday when a deputy with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office recognized a 2001 Chevy Trailblazer that had been reported stolen from Norridgewock.

When the deputy attempted to stop the SUV, the driver — identified by police as 26-year-old Christopher Devoe of Houlton — sped off. Several state police cruisers joined the chase, with speeds occasionally topping 80 or 90 mph, according to Maine State Police Trooper Jeff Beach, who was among the officers involved in the pursuit.

Beach said police deployed tire-deflating devices four times — three times in Norridgewock and once in Madison — but in each instance Devoe was able to drive the four-wheel-drive vehicle off the road and around the strips.

A state police trooper eventually used his cruiser to spin Devoe’s SUV in the intersection of Routes 148 and 201 in Madison, thereby immobilizing the vehicle, Beach said. Two parked cars were damaged in the incident, but there were no injuries.

Officers from the Madison and Skowhegan police departments assisted in the pursuit.

Devoe was taken to the Somerset County jail, where he is being held on charges of eluding police, vehicle theft, passing a roadblock, criminal speeding and driving to endanger. There were also two outstanding warrants against Devoe. Bail has been set at $5,500, according to jail personnel.

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