May 8, 2013

Man arrested after chase in Windham that reached 110 mph

By David Hench
Staff Writer

WINDHAM – A Windham man led police on a chase that reached speeds of 110 mph before being arrested early Tuesday.

An officer tried to pull over a 1998 Dodge Avenger at 10:30 p.m. on River Road for a vehicle defect, said Lt. David DeGruchy. The car, which police say was driven by Matthew Higgins, 33, of Main Street, sped off, and when officers tried to cut it off near Route 302, the car crossed a vacant lot and continued on Route 302.

The car turned off the road onto a dead end near Collins Pond, where Higgins got out and ran into the woods, police said. A police dog and handler searched through the woods and eventually Higgins emerged where some Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies were waiting for him, DeGruchy said.

Higgins was arrested at 12:30 a.m. and charged with criminal speed, eluding an officer, driving to endanger and operating after being a habitual offender.


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