Hit-and-run incident turned into car chase on Rt. 302

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An incident that began as a hit-and-run in Standish on Wednesday turned into a car chase.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy was investigating a hit-and-run in Standish when they determined the vehicle involved in the crash was a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was located on Route 302 in Naples, and police attempted to stop the car. The stolen vehicle was being operated by 33-year-old Christopher Wade Hunt of Harrison.

Hunt refused to stop and fled at excessive speeds (reaching up to 100 mph) into oncoming traffic, creating a significant risk to the public's safety. Due to this, attempts to apprehend Hunt and recover the stolen car were terminated.

An hour and a half later, Hunt was again observed operating the stolen vehicle and again fled from a deputy. Hunt drove to Libby Rd. in Casco, a dead end road, where Sheriff's Deputies attempted to apprehend him. After 4 miles, Hunt drove the stolen car over a tire-deflating device that was deployed by deputies, and three of the four tires went flat.

Hunt continued to avoid police and eventually crashed at 284 Roosevelt Trail in Casco, where he got out of the car and fled on foot. A Sheriff's K-9 unit and deputies located Hunt hiding in a tree in the woods. He was taken into custody and is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

Hunt is facing charges including: Operating as a Habitual Offender, Revoked Status; Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Eluding Police (2 counts); Driving to Endanger; and Receiving Stolen Property. Additional charges are likely.


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