WINTHROP — Two people were arrested Tuesday after police chased the driver of a truck suspected of striking two other vehicles and driving away, according to emergency radio transmissions and published reports.

Around 4:15 p.m., police pursued a pickup truck allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident. Winthrop police, Maine State Police and firefighters from Winthrop responded to the scene.

An earlier crash was reported on U.S. Route 202, in which the driver of one of the vehicles did not stop after a collision, and instead headed west, Winthrop Capt. Ryan Frost told TV station WMTW.

Then the same driver reportedly caused a second crash on Route 202 in Winthrop. Police pursued the vehicle on Route 133 headed toward Wayne, with the chase lasting a couple of minutes and reaching speeds of about 50 mph, Frost told the TV station.

The truck turned into a driveway on Route 133, crashed into trees, and caught on fire. The driver, a man in his 40s, was arrested, according to Frost.

A woman was also arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, the TV station reported.

No injuries were reported in the two previous crashes.

Contacted Tuesday night, Frost referred questions to Winthrop Police Chief Joseph Young. Young did not respond to phone or email messages for comment Tuesday night.


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