WATERVILLE — A Skowhegan man was arrested on nine charges early Saturday morning after a vehicle chase through three communities ended in a cornfield in Norridgewock, police said.

Orlando Harry Perkins, 46, is charged with eluding an officer, operating under the influence — no test, motor vehicle speeding 30-plus mph over the speed limit, operating while license suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without a license, driving to endanger, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and two outstanding warrants for eluding an officer and operating under the influence.

Waterville police tried to pull over Perkins’ vehicle around 1:15 a.m. Saturday on College Avenue, according to Sgt. Daniel Goss, of the Waterville Police Department.

When he wouldn’t stop, a chase ensued, at times reaching speeds of about 80 mph, through Waterville, Fairfield and Norridgewock.

The chase ended on Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock after a Somerset County Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed a spike mat, which deflated the vehicle’s tires. Perkins then drove off the road and led police on a foot chase through a cornfield, where he was finally shocked with a stun gun and taken into custody, Goss said.

He is being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $8,300 cash bail.

The Fairfield Police Department and the Oakland Police Department also responded to the incident.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

[email protected]

Twitter: @rachel_ohm


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.