Monday, March 10, 2014
SOUTH PORTLAND — A 19-year-old Portland man is in jail after police say he led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car before being caught on foot in Portland.
South Portland Officer Chris Gosling stopped a Honda Accord at 11:47 p.m. Monday on Main Street after he determined the license plate belonged to a Ford pickup, police said.
After initially stopping, the driver of the Honda then accelerated south and drove through a red light at Cash Corner and through Thornton Heights. The officer stopped the pursuit but alerted other officers.
Sgt. Kevin Gerrish spotted the car heading east on Broadway coming from Scarborough a short while later. He tried to stop it on the Maine Turnpike spur but the car escaped onto the turnpike.
Police identified the suspect as Timothy Berry and at 12:35 a.m. Portland police, responding to an alarm at an automotive business, found him on foot on Brighton Avenue, police said.
The Honda, which was reported stolen from Brunswick Ford, was found in the nearby Barron Center parking lot.
Berry was charged with driving without a license, illegal attachment of plates, violating bail conditions and eluding an officer, which is a felony.
Berry was out on bail after his arrest in South Portland in July in a car stolen from Yankee Ford.