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Man accused of leading state police on high-speed chase through multiple towns in stolen vehicle

Chad Delano will be charged with eluding an officer, passing a roadblock, driving to endanger, burglary, and theft, state police said
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BANGOR, Maine — 31-year-old Chad Delano appeared in court by video at the Penobscot County Judicial Center on Monday facing 10 charges, including eluding an officer, driving to endanger, burglary and theft.

After Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Lynds pointed out in court that Delano would be a flight risk because of his lengthy criminal history, the judge set his bail at $50,000 cash. 

Delano got agitated at the end of the hearing and even started swearing during the process. No future court date was set.

This comes after he allegedly stole a car and led police on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon through multiple Maine towns.

Delano is a resident of both Maine and Florida, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss said in a release.

Moss said Delano was booked on multiple outstanding felony warrants and will be charged with eluding an officer, passing a roadblock, driving to endanger, burglary, and theft. 

Maine State Police troopers attempted to stop Delano shortly before 3:45 p.m. Sunday on Route 2 in Etna, according to Moss. She said he had previously led officials from the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office, Dexter Police Department, and Newport Police Department on a high-speed chase through Piscataquis County. 

Delano failed to stop for a trooper and continued into Stetson where the trooper tried to perform a PIT maneuver, according to Moss. However, Moss said the trooper's cruiser became disabled and Delano continued to a home on Lapointe Road in Stetson. Once there, Moss said Delano entered the home and stole a vehicle.

The Maine Forest Service followed the stolen vehicle by air onto Route 222 from Levant in Bangor, according to Moss. Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputies set out spikes, and after continuing through the city of Bangor, Delano pulled into the Circle K on Broadway, Moss said. He then attempted to steal another vehicle before troopers took him into custody, according to Moss.

Delano was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after he told troopers he ingested an unknown substance, Moss said. He was then taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Moss said no injuries were reported by Maine State Police.