RUMFORD — A local man is free on bail after leading police on a chase from Rumford to Canton at speeds of about 100 mph, authorities said.

Anthony Jordan, 27, was arrested Monday on charges of eluding an officer, driving to endanger and speeding 30-plus mph over the limit, according to court records. He was released from the Oxford County Jail in Paris on personal recognizance bail Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in Rumford District Court on May 24.

According to an affidavit by Mexico Police Officer Caroline Casey, she assisted Rumford police in locating a white two-door sedan seen making “power turns” on Lincoln Avenue. She spotted the car driving toward Mexico and turned on the cruiser siren, but the driver refused to stop and picked up speed.

Rumford Sgt. James Bernard and Officer Matt Desroches followed the sedan onto Lincoln Avenue and Hancock Street where it almost hit pedestrians trying to cross the street. “The vehicle then did a U-turn on Hancock Street, almost colliding with my cruiser,” Casey wrote.

The driver continued along Route 2 into Mexico and then onto Route 108 into Peru.

Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing wrote in his report that he picked up the chase in Peru.

“As we continued by Valley Road in Peru and approached East Peru village, we were traveling around 90 mph. When we were east of Greenwoods Road, the sedan sped up to around 100 mph in a 55-mph zone,” he wrote.

When the sedan’s speed dropped to about 40 mph, Wing maneuvered his cruiser to successfully stop it on the shoulder of Route 108 south of the intersection with Wentworth Road in Canton, he wrote.

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