A Chesterville man has been charged with a number of counts after leading police on a chase through several towns before crashing his car early Monday morning.

Dillian Burnham, 23, of Chesterville, was injured in the crash and had to be extricated from his car. He was transferred from Franklin Memorial Hospital to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Monday, where he was listed in good condition.

Burnham was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile on Ridge Road at 2 a.m. when Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Andrew Morgan stopped him for speeding, according to a press release from Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Morgan conducted a field sobriety test on Burnham and attempted to take him into custody, but according to the release, Burnham resisted arrest and escaped back to his car, fleeing the scene.

Morgan gave chase, following Burnham onto Norcross Hill Road. Morgan lost sight of Burnham and suspected he may have fled to Fayette, so he alerted Maine State Police and departments in Livermore Falls, Wilton and Jay to be on the lookout, according to the release.

At 2:33 a.m., Livermore Falls Officer Vernon Stevens found Burnham’s car and attempted to stop it in town. Burnham refused to pull over, Nichols said, fleeing through Jay, up Jay Hill and on to Old Jay Hill Road to Woodman Hill Road and then Route 133.


Stevens broke off pursuit, but continued to search for Burnham and found him crashed on Borough Road in Chesterfield.

Burnham had to be extricated from the car by the Chesterville Fire Department and was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital by Northstar Amblance.

Burnham is charged with operating under the influence, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, escape, eluding an officer, driving to endanger and violating conditions of release.

Further charges from Livermore Falls Police Department are pending, Nichols said.

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