WINDHAM — A Greene woman faces a slew of charges after police say she led them on a chase at speeds of more than 85 mph.

When the chase ended on the Maine Turnpike in Gray, police arrested Angela J. Harrison, 38, and charged her with eluding an officer, reckless conduct with a motor vehicle, criminal speed and failure to submit to arrest.

Police said the drama began Friday afternoon when Maine State Police alerted other agencies that Harrison was said to be suicidal and that she may be headed to Windham. State police provided a description of her Jeep to sheriff’s and local departments in the area.

At about 3:30 p.m., a Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Harrison’s vehicle headed out Route 115 in Windham, police said. The deputy was able to stop the car, but police said when the deputy reached the driver’s-side window, the woman behind the wheel refused to cooperate. She rolled up the window and tried to drive away, police said, at which point the deputy broke the window and fired chemical spray into the vehicle.

In spite of that, police said, the woman was able to speed off.

With the deputy in pursuit, police said, Harrison headed east on Route 115 toward Gray, passing numerous vehicles and traveling at speeds exceeding 85 mph.

Another deputy was able to deploy a spike mat on Route 115 in Gray, police said. However, the vehicle narrowly missed driving over it.

A short time later, a Maine State Police trooper joined the chase as the vehicle entered the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in Gray. Police said the driver then headed north on the turnpike.

At some point during the chase, police said, the woman dialed 911 from her cellphone and spoke to a Department of Public Safety dispatcher at the Gray barracks. The dispatcher was able to convince the driver to pull over and surrender to police.

Police said Harris was examined by paramedics before she was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland where she was being held Friday night on $400 bail.


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