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Man steals Lyft driver's car, leads police on multi-town chase

Michael Marble, 23, made it across the border to New Hampshire before crashing at an intersection.

WAKEFIELD, N.H. — Wakefield Police responded to the X-TraMart convenience store on Feb. 15 at 12:40 a.m after a Lyft driver called to report a stolen vehicle.

The driver first picked up Michael Marble, 23, of New Sharon, Maine, in York to drive him to Sanford. 

Marble asked the driver to stop so he could buy cigarettes. Marble entered X-TraMart and came back out advising the driver he was refused sale without an ID and requested he go into the store and purchase them for him. 

When the driver came back out, Marble and his vehicle were gone.

Sanford Police say they were notified of a stolen vehicle out Wells, which they later found in a Marden's parking lot around 2:00 a.m. When officers got behind the vehicle, they say Marble fled. 

Marble then led police on a multi-jurisdictional pursuit through Sanford into Wells, where Wells Police assisted in the chase. Marble then changed directions and went back to Sanford where police attempted to deploy spike mats, but where unsuccessful.

The pursuit continued on Route 109, passing through Springvale, Shapleigh, and Acton, where State Police also joined the chase. Marble eventually lost control and crashed at an intersection across the border in Wakefield, New Hampshire. He was taken into custody by Wakefield Police.

Sanford Police were assisted by Maine State Police, York County Sheriff’s Office, North Berwick Police, Wells Police, Wakefield Police, and Ossipee Police. Sanford Police charged Marble with eluding and driving to endanger. There are other charges pending from the other agencies involved.

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