A man burglarized a business and led police on a high speed chase just nine hours after he was released from the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta, Maine, necn affiliate WCSH reports.
Around 4 a.m. Friday, an officer was performing routine business checks in Libson when he noticed a truck that had been parked next to Restorations Home Remodeling was missing. He then found the truck traveling east on Route 196.
The officer followed the truck and a chase ensued. The motorist, later identified as Tony St. Pierre, allegedly drove at high speeds and ultimately crashed into the guardrail on the Libson-Durham Bridge, causing the truck to fall about 80 feet to the Androscoggin River.
St. Pierre suffered minor injuries and was treated at Central Maine Medical Center, according to police. Investigation yielded St. Pierre had burglarized Restorations Home Remodeling and took the keys to the truck. He was then taken into custody.
Police charged St. Pierre with burglary of a motor vehicle and operating under the influence, in addition to burglary of a commercial building, theft, aggravated criminal mischief, unauthorized use of property, eluding a police officer, and aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation. He is being held at Androscoggin County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
According to police, St. Pierre had been released from jail the previous evening. He has an extensive criminal history and has spent numerous years in prison.