July 22, 2013

West Newfield man arrested after three-town car chase

Police say Jamie R. West drove a stolen Kia Soul at speeds up to 100 mph before losing control of the vehicle while trying to make a turn onto Main Street in Kennebunkport.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

WELLS – A West Newfield man was arrested early Sunday morning after leading police on a high-speed car chase through three York County towns, officials said.

Jamie R. West, 36, was arrested after leading police on a chase in a stolen car through Wells, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport before crashing the Kia Soul and running from officers, according to Wells police.

A Wells officer was on a routine traffic stop on Route 1 around 1:43 a.m. Sunday when a car that had been reported stolen in Kittery passed by heading north. The officer followed the Kia and saw it going about 100 mph before entering Kennebunk, police said.

A Kennebunk police officer took over the chase on Main Street in Kennebunk, where police reported West was driving 70-80 mph downtown before turning onto Summer Street and accelerating to 80-100 mph, according to police.

West lost control of the car on Spring Street in Kennebunkport as he tried to make a sharp right onto Main Street. Officers ordered West to the ground as he got out of the car, but he refused and took off running, according to police.

West was stopped after he slipped and fell during the foot chase. He was treated at Goodall Hospital in Sanford for minor injuries, then taken to York County Jail.

West was charged by Wells police with eluding a police officer and violating conditions of release. According to police, West has two active sets of bail conditions and had two active warrants. West may face additional charges from other agencies, according to Wells police.

West is being held on $2,500 bail.

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