A North Anson man was arrested Monday on four warrants related to a high speed car chase in which he allegedly jumped out of a moving airborne truck earlier this month and took off running from police.

Zachary Erkson, 25, of North Anson, is charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, operating while license suspended or revoked and motor vehicle speeding more than 30 mph over the speed limit. He turned himself in Monday at the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, according to Chief Deputy James Ross.

According to a post on the agency’s Facebook page dated Sept. 24, Erkson was wanted by police for allegedly leading an officer on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle on Sept. 4.

Cpl. Eugene Cole, of the sheriff’s office, first attempted to stop the vehicle, a 2005 silver GMC Sierra pickup truck, which had been reported stolen from Millinocket. Cole had spotted the truck on River Road in Anson, the post said.

As Cole tried to stop the truck, it accelerated and several miles later went down a dirt road leading to a gravel pit.

The chase reached speeds of 85 mph until the truck’s driver tried to negotiate a turn, but because of the truck’s high speed it ended up going airborne into a field on New Portland Road in Embden, the Facebook post said.

“Apparently, the operator thought that he was the stuntman in a Jason Statham movie, because as the vehicle was in mid-air and still going quite fast, the operator jumped out of it, landed on his feet and hit the ground running. I believe (Cole) used the words, ‘took off running like a gazelle.'” the post said.

Ross said Tuesday that the truck’s owner is not pursuing charges related to it being stolen. The damage to the truck was minimal, he said.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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