READFIELD — A man from Bath who was arrested on charges of drunken driving and leading police on a chase that ended in a crash is the prime suspect in Wednesday night’s armed robbery of the Weathervane restaurant.

Lucas Creamer, 32, was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for evaluation after the crash.

The robbery was reported at 7:51 p.m. at the restaurant on Route 17. The robber took a woman to the cash register area while intimidating people in the restaurant with a weapon, Kennebec County sheriff’s Capt. Dan Davies said in a prepared statement. He said the robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Employees and patrons told deputies that the robber was a white man wearing a mask and carrying what appeared to be a rifle. They said he drove toward Manchester in a white car that some believed to be a Mazda 323.

About 45 minutes later, Maine State Police Trooper Don Webber saw a white 1994 Acura Integra, similar to the Mazda that the witnesses thought the robber drove, at Mulligan’s restaurant in Manchester.

Troopers tried to stop the car, but the driver continued to the intersection of routes 17 and 135 before stopping. The driver, later identified as Creamer, put his hand out the window to comply with police demands, then sped off in the direction of the Weathervane as deputies closed in.

“Approximately one mile later as speeds reached 90 mph, Creamer veered off the road and struck several trees before going into the air and barrel-rolling down the roadway,” Davies said.

Police said Creamer suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody.