A Bridgton woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase.

Kristen Barr, 62, was charged with failing to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving to endanger, criminal speeding, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and refusing to be tested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

Barr was driving erratically, nearly hitting other vehicles in the black Ford F150 she was driving on Route 302 in Windham toward Raymond, the sheriff’s office said Sunday. 

Barr was allegedly swerving between opposing traffic and the breakdown lane.

When a deputy tried to stop her, Barr allegedly sped up and passed vehicles on the left and right, reaching speeds higher than 90 mph. The deputy stopped pursuing her because of the volume of traffic and the high speeds, the sheriff’s office said.

A second deputy tried to stop Barr near Naples Causeway, but she passed a line of cars and reached a speed of nearly 100 mph. Bridgton police were notified and prepared to put down spike mats near the Naples-Bridgton town line. The deputy pursued Barr for another 2.5 miles before she pulled to the right and stopped near the intersection of Kansas Road. 

Barr, who was alone in the truck, was arrested and taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where her bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.

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Julie Harris

Julie Harris has served in many roles at Bangor Daily News since she joined the staff in 1979, but is now on its senior editor team and editor of five of BDN's weeklies and their associated websites, including...