A Corinth man was charged with numerous offenses Wednesday night after he crashed a car he’d bought earlier in the day during a chase with Waterville police.

Dylan M. Caruso, 19, was charged with eluding an officer, operating a vehicle without a license, driving to endanger, driving 30 mph over the speed limit, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operation of a defective vehicle and attaching false plates, police said.

Caruso was the only occupant of the car. He told officers that he fled because he didn’t have a license, the license plates he was using were not registered to the car and he had several warrants out for his arrest, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Police found more than 20 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a glass pipe with marijuana residue and two non-narcotic prescription drugs in Caruso’s backpack, Rumsey said.

He was taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta and held on $4,000 bail.

The incident began Wednesday evening when a patrol officer saw a Ford Focus with an expired registration at the Elm Plaza shopping center at approximately 5:45 p.m.

When the officer attempted to pull the car over on upper Main Street, Caruso began driving erratically and sped onto Interstate 95 heading north, police said. The Waterville officer and a Maine State Police patrol vehicle chased the vehicle, according to Rumsey.

The car reached peak speeds of 100 mph during the highway chase, Rumsey said. Officers reported that interstate traffic was light at the time.

Caruso got off the highway in Clinton and tried to turn right onto Hinckley Road, Rumsey said. While making the turn, Caruso lost control, skidded sideways and crashed into a ditch on the other side of the road.

Caruso had bought the car earlier that day in New Portland, and it had bald tires and a voided inspection sticker, Rumsey said.

Officers took Caruso into custody. A medic from Clinton Rescue determined Caruso was not injured, and police later took him to MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Thayer Center for Health in Waterville for further evaluation and to get a blood test for intoxicants.

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