FARMINGTON – A former Alabama woman led a Franklin County deputy on a chase through several towns hitting speeds of 100 mph in a 30 mph zone early Tuesday and didn’t stop until after the car she was driving ran over a spike mat and deflated the tires on Route 27 in New Portland.

Carter Alexis Hollis Sides, 23, of Main Street in Stratton was arrested on a felony charge of eluding an officer, and misdemeanor charges of four counts of criminal speed — 30 plus over speed limit, driving to endanger, failing to stop for an officer and theft by unauthorized use of property. The owner had not given permission for Sides to use the vehicle, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said in a release.

She was issued summonses for two violations of failure to stop at a stop sign, three violations of failure to yield to stationary emergency vehicle and a violation of operating left of center, he said.

About 17 minutes after midnight, Deputy Derrick Doucette observed a vehicle traveling 30 mph over the speed limit while traveling southbound on Route 27 in Farmington, according to Nichols.

As Doucette turned and engaged his blue lights to stop the  2015 BMW sport utility vehicle, the driver of the vehicle accelerated southbound refusing to stop.

Doucette followed the vehicle, which was traveling in excess of 90 mph north on Route 4 into Strong. It continued northbound Route 145, continuing to the intersection of Route 142 in which the car went eastbound on Route 142 towards Kingfield. Once in Kingfield the driver continued onto High Street and then southbound onto route 27 headed towards New Portland, Nichols wrote.

At one point the car was clocked doing 100 mph in a 30 mph zone, he said.

Sgt. Kevin Hartley set up spike mats on a straight portion of Route 27 in New Portland in Somerset County and the suspect to drove over them, he said.

The driver eventually stopped and was arrested.

Conviction on the felony charge of eluding an officer is punishable by a maximum five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Sides’ bail has been set for $2,500 cash. She will not appear before a judge until Wednesday, if she doesn’t make bail before that.

Carter Sides

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