March 21, 2013

High-speed chase leads to crash in Portland

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A Warren man is facing a number of charges following a high-speed chase and crash on Interstate 295 in Portland on Thursday evening.

Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine State Police, said 41-year-old Robby Beaulieu of Warren was on the Yarmouth stretch of Interstate 295 driving at speeds reaching 110 miles per hour when trooper Douglas Cropper attempted to pull him over.

Beaulieu refused to stop and headed south toward Portland. His car, a Cadillac, flipped over after he lost control of his vehicle near the Forest Avenue exit.

Beaulieu had to be taken to Maine Medical Center where he was being treated Thursday night for an assortment of injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.

Beaulieu, who had a suspended driver’s license, will be charged with operating under the influence – Cropper found an open bottle of whiskey in the car – criminal speed, eluding a police officer, driving to endanger and operating after suspension

His car, which was destroyed, is owned by an Arundel car dealer, police said. The crash took place around 6:30 p.m., just after rush-hour traffic had subsided. 

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