A New Hampshire man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed chase on the Maine Turnpike on Thursday night.
Michael L. Fender, 31, was charged with operating under the influence, eluding a police officer and refusing to submit to arrest.
At 11:02 p.m. Thursday, Maine State Police received two complaints of an erratic driver in a white truck who was speeding in the northbound lanes on the Maine Turnpike. State police stopped the vehicle in the area of Kennebunk, but when the trooper attempted to approach the truck the driver sped off. The trooper continued to pursue the vehicle north on the turnpike at speeds ranging from 45 to 100 mph.
During the pursuit, the truck hit a guardrail and drifted in both lanes of the road. The trooper's cruiser came into contact with the truck, and that brougt the chase to an end in the Saco area.
Saco Police assisted in the arrest, and Fender was taken to Maine Medical Center as a precaution. He was later taken to York County Jail.
A Saco Police cruiser and a state police cruiser were both damaged during the incident.