A 23-year-old Union man is being held in jail after police said he led them on a high-speed chase along Route 1 early Sunday morning.

Anthony Baker was charged with eluding a police officer, driving to endanger, criminal speeding and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to a news release from Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline.

The incident began about 4 a.m. Sunday when Wiscasset Police Officer Alfred “Willy” Simmons attempted to stop a 2010 Toyota Corolla being driven north on Main Street. The vehicle had been traveling approximately 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, according to police.

The operator of the vehicle accelerated and attempted to elude Simmons, traveling north on Route 1. A chase ensued and the Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Department and Waldoboro Police Department sent officers to assist.

The chase ended about 10 minutes later near Reunion Station in Nobleboro when Baker’s vehicle hit a spike mat deployed by Deputy Justin Drake. Simmons was unable to avoid the spike mat and also hit it, flattening all four of the cruiser’s tires.

Officers located an open folding knife on the seat beside Baker after taking him into custody. They also located a rifle in the trunk of the vehicle along with another knife.

Baker was on probation with conditions of not to possess dangerous weapons. His probation officer was contacted and advised of the arrest. Baker is being held on a probation hold in addition to the other charges at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Baker had stolen the vehicle from his sister, who is also from Union.

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