A Woolwich man was in critical condition after being injured in a single-vehicle crash that ended a police chase Tuesday night.

Stephen Smith, 47, of Wagon Wheel Lane, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland by Bath rescue workers after the crash, which happened shortly before 11:30 p.m.

A Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputy saw a gray 2002 Dodge Ram truck speeding on Route 1 near the Sagadahoc Bridge, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The driver refused to stop and was driving erratically at speeds up to 50 mph, the release said. The truck turned onto Route 127 then pulled over at the River Road intersection.

As the deputy approached, the truck sped off heading north on Middle Road. About a half mile down the road, the driver lost control, ran off the road and crashed into a tree, the release said.

Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the truck.

The release said it is unclear why Smith refused to stop. The crash is being investigated by Maine State Police and the Bath Police Department.

Route 127 was closed from the time of the crash until 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.

David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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