A Scarborough man was arrested after a state trooper spotted him throwing marijuana out of his BMW during a chase Friday on the Maine Turnpike, Maine State Police said.

State police reported on Facebook that officers from Troops, A, B and G and the Air Wing were conducting an aircraft speed detail on the turnpike in Saco when they tried to stop a red BMW for speeding at 10:43 a.m.

Police said the car continued southbound, failing to stop for a trooper who saw the driver throwing marijuana out of the car during the attempt to stop it.

The chase ended about 2 miles away at the Exit 36 ramp.

Police said 3.7 pounds of marijuana was found in the car.

The driver, Brandon Joseph Dagnese, 23, of Scarborough, was arrested on charges of violation of bail and unlawful trafficking, both Class C offenses, and failing to stop for a law enforcement officer, a Class E offense. Dagnese was out on bail for other trafficking charges, state police said.

A passenger in the car was not charged.

Dagnese is being held without bail at the York County Jail in Alfred.


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