Police still looking for suspect in van theft and police chase

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A multi-town police chase ends with a search in the woods off a rural road in Poland.

OXFORD — The driver of a stolen vehicle that led police on a three-town chase before it struck another vehicle and was abandoned in Poland, remains at large today, according to Oxford Police Chief Jon Tibbetts.

According to a release from Tibbets, Oxford Sgt. Alan Coffin and Officer Jeremy Coron received information about a stolen vehicle from Plains Road in Harrison traveling towards Oxford about 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

Tibbetts said the officers spotted the vehicle on Pleasant Street and attempted to stop it. The vehicle refused to stop and Coffin and Coron pursued the vehicle into Poland where the unidentified operator abandoned the vehicle and ran into the woods, according to Tibbetts. Maine State police K-9 and Androscoggin K-9 attempted to track the suspect with no success.

Tibbetts said the driver of the stolen vehicle struck another vehicle at the intersection of North Raymond Road and Route 11 in Poland before abandoning the stolen car.

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The operator of that vehicle was identified as Danielle Woodbury, 43, of Lovell. Woodbury was transported to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway by Poland Rescue with non-life-threatening injuries.

“It was insane,” one witness wrote on Facebook. “I can’t believe how fast he came down that hill towards me.”

That witness, who had been driving on Megquier Hill Road, estimated that the stolen van and a pair of police cruisers behind it were traveling at 60-70 mph when they passed her at about 9:25 p.m.

The crash was investigated by Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department.

This case is still under investigation and no further information is being released at this time, Tibbetts said.

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