PORTLAND, Maine — A Standish man is facing felony charges Thursday after allegedly leading police on a pursuit that ended with a crash.
The series of events that led to the arrest of Andrew Joseph Chapman, 24, began about noon, when Windham police received a report of a male in the Goodwill parking lot off Route 302 masturbating in his car, Capt. Donald Goulet of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The vehicle left the lot while police were on their way. A check of the license plate number, however, showed Chapman as the vehicle’s registered owner, Goulet said.
Sheriff’s deputies in the area were alerted as the vehicle was believed to be headed toward Standish.
Deputy Cole Chandler found the vehicle as it neared Route 302 in Windham and attempted to stop it, Goulet said.
The driver, later identified as Chapman, then fled at a high rate of speed, also traveling through parking lots. Goulet said that Chandler did not chase the motorist because of his reckless driving and the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area.
Deputy Paul Pettengill later spotted Chapman’s 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier on Chadbourn Road, Goulet said. Chapman then passed a vehicle on the right, forcing it into Pettengill’s lane.
Shortly after that, Chapman lost control of his car, rolling it over at a corner. Pettingill arrived just as Chapman was getting ready to run off. Instead, Pettengill capture the driver and took him into custody.
Chapman, who suffered minor scrapes from the crash, was treated at the scene by Standish fire and rescue personnel. His Cavalier was demolished, Goulet said.
Chapman was charged with reckless conduct with a weapon, namely his car, and eluding police, both of which are Class C felonies, operating under suspension and indecent conduct.
Chapman was taken to Cumberland County Jail, where he is being held on $2,000 cash bail, Goulet said.