According to the Kennebec Journal, Gardiner Police Officer, Allen Alexander, crashed his cruiser into a tree while he was chasing a speeding suspect on Friday night.

The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 on Friday as Officer Alexander was attempting to stop a vehicle that was speeding on Weeks Road. While attempting to catch the vehicle, the officer's cruiser left the roadway striking the tree.

In a statement by Gardiner Police Chief, Jim Toman, “The vehicle that Officer Alexander was attempting to catch up to was subsequently located in the town of Richmond."

Officer Alexander was taken to Maine General after complaining of some discomfort. Gardiner rescue transported the officer though he was released from the hospital later on Friday night. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

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