State police and Androscoggin County Sheriff’s deputies investigate an overturned vehicle Monday on Woodman Hill Road in Minot. Driver Brandon Pelletier, 31, of Auburn was arrested on multiple charges following a high-speed chase from Auburn. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

MINOT — A local man wanted on multiple felony warrants, including robbery, was arrested Monday afternoon following a high-speed chase that began in Auburn and ended in a crash on Woodman Hill Road.

Brandon Pelletier, 31, sustained minor injuries when his vehicle rolled onto its roof near 450 Woodman Hill Road, Shannon Moss, public information officer for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said. He was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment.

State police troopers were assisting the Auburn Police Department in attempting to locate Pelletier when they approached his SUV and he rammed one of two cruisers and fled the scene, according to Moss’ news release.

A high-speed chase reportedly ensued up Center Street, to Mount Auburn Avenue, to Hotel Road, to Minot Avenue and ended on Woodman Hill Road, which is Route 119.

Troopers made numerous attempts to disable Pelletier’s vehicle along the way but were unable to because he attempted to hit their cruisers. Eventually, Pelletier hit one of them, which caused his SUV to roll over into a snowbank, Moss said.

When Pelletier refused to get out of the SUV a police K-9 was deployed to apprehend him, Moss said.


Authorities discovered cocaine and fentanyl in the vehicle, Moss said.

Pelletier was charged with driving to endanger, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, refusing to submit to arrest or detention by force, leaving the scene of a crash, criminal speed and other traffic infractions, Moss said.

Others assisting in the incident were the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Mechanic Falls Police Department, Minot Fire Department and United Ambulance.

Moss said anyone whose vehicle was hit in the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Chris Farley at the Maine State Police at 624-7076.

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