AUBURN – A Lewiston man was arrested early Wednesday after he was thrown from his car after allegedly trying to race away from police.

William E. Adams, 25, was partially pinned beneath the Honda after the car went airborne and flipped at about 1:20 a.m. on Court Street.

Adams was rescued from the wreckage and suffered a possible concussion, police said. He was treated and then charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and eluding police.

Investigators said the police chase began when Officer William Rousseau attempted to stop Adams as he was driving at Court and Goff streets.

Police said Adams sped off but then lost control of his car as he approached Park Avenue, near the top of Goff Hill.

The Honda struck a curb and then an embankment before it sailed through the air, slicing through the top of a maple tree before landing on the left side.

Rousseau and other officers were at the scene moments later. Police said Adams would have been pinned beneath the weight of the car if the trunk had not popped open in the wreck, partially propping the vehicle up.

Adams injuries were not considered critical. He was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where he was booked and later released on bail.

Damage to the car Adams was driving, a 2002 Honda owned by Anne M. French, of Poland, was estimated at $10,000.

The crash took place on the property of Cecile Bowden, who lives at 526 Court St. Police estimated damage to the grass and tree at the scene of the wreck at $3,200.

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