Watch Spike Mat Stop a Driver in Pursuit By Police in Poland, Maine
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Things got pretty crazy in Poland, Maine when a driver at the wheel of a Service Master van was being pursued by police.
Not much is known about the chase other than Androscoggin County Deputies were in pursuit of a driver and deployed a spike mat that disabled the vehicle at the corner of Maine Street and Brown Road in Poland, right near the Poland Elementary School.
Two people were shooting video of the chase from two different angles as the pursuit came down the hill into Poland Village. Jon Cadman was stopped on Maine Street / Route 26 by a Sherrif's Deputy who was ahead of the chase to make sure traffic stayed out of the way.
Cadman's video shows a spike mat in the process of being deployed as two unaware drivers are coming down the hill. The deputy deploying the mat is waving them to come through quickly as he knows the chase isn't far behind.
The two cars clear the area just in time for the spike mat to be pulled across the road for the driver to hit it and bring the vehicle to a stop.
Taylor Dawn Brown had just returned from a trip to the grocery store and captured this video showing a better angle of the spike mat being deployed.
A Facebook scanner group has an account of what they heard on the police scanner which says the Service Master van was stolen out of Saco and the chase started on Route 121 in Otisfield before ending in Poland. Keep in mind however that these scanner groups and not official accounts of incidents and do not always report accurate information.
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