BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A young man from Biddeford has been charged in connection with a police chase on the Maine Turnpike which ended in a crash.
The suspect's 2½-year-old daughter was in the vehicle at the time, state police told the spokesperson for Maine Public Safety.
State police said 25-year-old Michael Messier's SUV crashed at the Saco exit on I-95 and he fled the scene into the nearby woods, leaving his daughter behind.
The chase began at about 9 p.m. Wednesday when a trooper's radar gun caught Messier's SUV traveling 111 mph in Portland. A pursuit ensued, and state police said he refused to stop, eventually losing control of the vehicle in Saco, where it went down an embankment.
State police said the suspect's toddler was not injured. Troopers said they discovered her still strapped in her safety seat in the back after the vehicle's airbags deflated.
Troopers and local police searched for a suspect and couldn't find anyone. Later, at about 3 a.m. Thursday, Messier was taken into custody after attempting to wave down turnpike motorists near the crash site, state police said. He was treated for mild hypothermia before being taken to jail.
Messier, now at York County Jail, was charged with eluding a police officer and violating his bail. Additional charges were expected.
State police said Messier had been released from jail just days before the crash, having served time on domestic violence charges.
The young girl was reunited with her mother after a quick check at the hospital, police said.