A Windham homeowner held a fugitive at gunpoint Friday morning until police arrived and arrested him.

The homeowner, whom police did not identify, found Daniel Wayne Spooner, 34, who allegedly fled police after a high-speed chase Thursday night, hiding in a shed on the property at Otter Brook Farm at about 8 a.m. Friday.

Daniel Spooner Photo courtesy of Windham Police Department

Spooner was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland without incident.

He is alleged to have led officers on a high-speed chase, with a child in his car, that ended in a crash on River Road on Thursday night.

He was charged with eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and endangering the welfare of a child, Windham police said.

Officers were called Thursday night for a report of a driver speeding through the Brookhaven neighborhood. When an officer tried to pull the car over for a traffic violation, the driver accelerated “away from the officer at a high rate of speed,” police said.

The car left River Road and crashed in a field before the driver ran off into nearby woods. A police K-9 team tracked the driver, but was unable to locate him Thursday night.


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