A Patten man is behind bars following a high speed police chase Thursday evening though several towns in northern Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties.

Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Matheson was on routine patrol on Route 11 in Patten shortly before 6 p.m., according to a news release. Deputy Matheson attempted to conduct a traffic stop on an older model silver Ford sedan for several violations.

The Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle failed to stop and the deputy activated his siren. The pursuit continued at high speeds through several rural towns including Sherman and ended in Island Falls when the car spun out trying to turn onto the Belvedere Road.

The driver was identified as 58-year-old Stephen Tremblay, Sr. of Patten. He was arrested without incident. There were no injuries or damage reported. Police say Tremblay’s vehicle was towed and a local Animal Control Officer was called to assist with the dog that Tremblay had with him in the car.

Tremblay was transported to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with: Eluding an Officer, Operating under the influence, Driving to endanger, Operating after suspension, Operating unregistered motor vehicle over 150 days, Criminal speed and Reckless Conduct.

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