A Canton man has been charged with several offenses after police said his car nearly struck a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office deputy early Saturday morning before he led the officer on a short car chase through the Norridgewock and Skowhegan area with speeds reaching up to 90 mph.

Randall McEwen, 18, was arrested after police laid down spike mats to flatten the car’s tires, according to a press relese from Chief Deputy James Ross of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. No one was injured, Ross said.

McEwen, who was driving the car, according to the release, was charged with eluding police, passing a road block, operating under the influence, operating without a license and improper passing of a stationary emergency vehicle using lights.

Evan Hutchinson, 20, also of Canton, who was a passenger in the car, was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release, permitting unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attaching false registration plates. A third passenger in the back seat was not charged, Ross said.

The chase began about 12:10 a.m. Saturday when Deputy Ron Blodgett of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was out of his cruiser checking a disabled car on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock, according to the release.

Another car, heading east on Route 2, sped by Blodgett, nearly sideswiping him, according to the release.


Blodgett got back in his cruiser and turned on his flashing blue lights, trying to pull the car over, but the car accelerated up to speeds of 80 mph to nearly 90 mph across 3.5 miles, using both lanes of traffic, the release said.

Blodgett radioed to Deputy Joe Jackson, who was also in the Skowhegan area. Jackson laid down spike mats in front of the Maine State Police barracks on West Front Street.

After running over the spikes and having all four of its tires deflated, the speeding car traveled another mile before the driver lost control and police caught up. Blodgett’s cruiser also sustained a flat tire from the spike mat.

The sheriff’s office said police closely monitored traffic, road conditions and speed during the chase. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Skowhegan police and Maine State Police, according to the release.

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