KITTERY — Three Massachusetts men were being held at the York County Jail following a high-speed chase that started Tuesday afternoon in New Hampshire and ended at the Kittery Sewer Treatment Plant.
The driver, Justin Santiago, 28, of Dorchester, Mass. is facing multiple charges filed by New Hampshire State Police and by Kittery police.
A news release issued by New Hampshire State Police said that Trooper Andrew Frigon attempted to stop Santiago, who was driving a 1996 Honda Civic, for speeding around 2 p.m. on Interstate 95 in Greenland. Frigon said the car was traveling 108 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone.
Santiago refused to stop and continued north at what Frigon described as “a high rate of speed.” The Honda entered the Portsmouth traffic circle and circled back onto Interstate 95 northbound, police said.
Once the vehicle crossed the Maine border, it exited I-95 and went onto Route 103. The car eventually crashed into a snowbank at the end of Old Dennett Road in Kittery. Three men fled the vehicle and hid inside a building at the sewer treatment plant.
At that point, Frigon was joined by police officers from Kittery, the Maine State Police, the Wells Police Department K-9 unit and the Eliot Police Department.
Two of the occupants were found hiding inside an outbuilding at the plant. The third was tracked down by a police dog.
Santiago was summoned by Frigon on charges of reckless operation, disobeying an officer and speeding. Santiago also faces charges in Maine of eluding a police officer and criminal trespassing. He was being held at the jail on $3,500 cash bail.
The other men, Alex Santiago, 26, of Randolph, Mass., and Adam Ellard, 41, of Boston were charged with criminal trespassing. Their bail has been set at $1,000 cash.
Anyone who witnessed the chase or who might have additional information is urged to contact Trooper Frigon at (603) 223-8490 or at Andrew.Frigon@dos.nh.gov.
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