AUGUSTA — A man from Madison was arrested late Friday after the vehicle he was driving crashed on an embankment at the end of Crosby Street in Augusta.

The accident followed a pursuit that began about 9:36 p.m. Friday on Commercial Street and ended a minute or so later.

Jordan P. Sirois, 21, fled the accident scene, according to police, and was later found and arrested on Boothby Street.

Augusta police Sgt. Vicente Morris said Saturday that Sirois was charged with operating under the influence, failing to stop for an officer and operating after license suspension.

Morris said the incident began after an officer saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the one-way portion of Water Street, and that vehicle almost hit the officer’s cruiser.

Morris said the officer pursued the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee to try to stop it, but the driver didn’t stop, and shortly afterward turned onto Crosby Street and crashed through the dead-end barrier and into the woods. “It wasn’t very far,” Morris said. “It’s quite the embankment there.”

The driver then fled on foot.

Other officers and a police dog unit were called to help, and he was found nearby. Sirois was later taken to the Kennebec County jail, where he remained held Saturday in lieu of $1,000 bail.

No one was hurt in the crash, Morris said.

Two tow trucks were called to remove the vehicle, which Morris said sustained significant damage.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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