May 12, 2010

Fleeing suspect causes bad crash in Winthrop

Kennebec Journal staff

WINTHROP - Two people were injured today when a vehicle being pursued by police collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle on U.S. Route 202.

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HEAD ON: Winthrop firefighters and police extricate the driver of a vehicle pursued by police that collided head-on with another vehicle Wednesday on Route 202 in Winthrop. Police chased the vehicle east on Route 202 from Androscoggin County; it struck an SUV near the Winthrop Veterinary Hospital just before 2 p.m.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Glen Witham, 39, of Skowhegan, who was wanted on felony warrants, was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with what were described as life-threatening injuries, according to Maine State Police Trooper Bruce Scott.

The driver of the second vehicle, Jenna Lawrence, 27, of Manchester, was taken to be evaluated at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta.

Lawrence, who is eight months pregnant, was not critically injured, Scott said.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department began the chase in Greene.

Witham avoided two spike mats while being chased.

Monmouth Police also were involved in the chase.

Investigators remained on the scene for hours.

Route 202 in Winthrop was closed west of Route 135 due to the head-on collision.

The crash occurred by the Winthrop Veterinary Hospital.


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