State Police have charged a young Biddeford father following a chase and crash on the turnpike last night, in which the man’s 2 ½ year old daughter was also in the vehicle.
After the SUV had crashed at the Saco exit, the man ran off into nearby woods, leaving his daughter behind.
The girl, who was in a child safety seat, was not injured. Troopers discovered her still strapped in her seat in the back after the vehicle’s air bags deflated. After a quick check at the hospital, the girl was reunited with her mother.
Just before 9 p.m. last night, 25 year old Michael Messier’s GMC Terrain passed Trooper Gavin Hagar’s marked cruiser on the turnpike in Portland at 111 mph.
Messier refused to stop and lost control of the SUV at the Saco exit, where it went down an embankment.
Messier then fled into the woods and a search involving troopers and Saco and Biddeford Police did not locate him.
At about 3am, Messier was taken into custody after attempting to wave down turnpike motorists near the crash site.
Messier suffered from mild hypothermia and was treated and released at the Biddeford hospital before being transported back to jail.
He is now charged with eluding a police officer and violating his bail. Additional charges are expected.
Messier had been released from jail only days before after serving time on domestic violence charges.