A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday following a high-speed pursuit after police saw a female passenger “waving frantically” for help in Portland.

High Speed Chase through Several Towns

Benjamin Martineau from Portland was apprehended after a 20-minute police chase through Portland, Deering and on I-295.

Woman “Waving Frantically” to Police from Vehicle

The Portland Police Department said an officer saw “a woman waving frantically for help out the passenger side window of a vehicle on Forest Avenue” around 2:17 pm.

Female Passenger Opened Door to Vehicle during Chase

Multiple police units pursued the vehicle “as the female appeared to open the passenger door of the moving vehicle.”

Police Attempt High Risk Stop

Police attempted to use spike mats, but it was not successful due to heavy traffic. Officers did a high risk stop after the vehicle pulled over at mile marker 12 on I-295 northbound.

Taken to Jail

Martineau was taken into custody and transported to the Cumberland County Jail.

Multiple Charges

He faces charges for Criminal Restraint, DV Assault, DV Criminal Threatening, Eluding an Officer, Refusal to Stop, Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Driving to Endanger, Obstructing the Report of a Crime, Operating Without A License, Terrorizing and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Contact Police with Information

Contact police at (207) 874-8575 if you have any information about the incident. Text the keyword PPDME and your message to 847411.

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