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Police charge teen following high-speed chase

FORT KENT, Maine — Local police charged an Eagle Lake teenager after he allegedly sped away in his vehicle during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, April 8.

Officer Michael DeLena attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a defective motor vehicle on Main Street just before 2 a.m. on Sunday.

“The vehicle initially stopped and then quickly accelerated and continued on Main Street traveling at a high rate of speed,” said Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

The officer pursued the vehicle but terminated the chase on the St. John Road as a safety precaution, Pelletier said.

DeLena later identified the driver of the vehicle as a 17-year-old Eagle Lake male, according to the chief, who did not identify the juvenile.

Police charged the teen with failing to stop for a police officer and driving to endanger.

The juvenile is scheduled to appear in Fort Kent District Court on Monday, May 7.

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