OAKLAND — Two men were arrested Wednesday night after police were called to the scene of an attempted burglary that led to a high-speed chase.

Caleb Castranda, 24, of Mount Desert Island, and Steven Furey, 34, of Clinton, were arrested at 9:31 p.m. Wednesday on charges of burglary, among other things.

Police first received a call from 244 High St. about people trying to kick in the door of a residence. While on their way to the scene, police received another call informing them that a pair of suspects had entered the house and assaulted a resident, Capt. Rick Stubbert said.

Stubbert said he didn’t know how bad the injuries were or whether the resident was taken to a hospital, but the officers who responded said there was visible evidence of an assault.

The two suspected burglars then reportedly fled the scene and their car, a brown 2004 Buick, was spotted by Sgt. Peter Tibbetts, who pursued the vehicle in a high-speed chase into Waterville, Stubbert said.

Waterville police helped Oakland officers get the car to stop, and the chase ended at Silver and Elm streets in Waterville.

Waterville police sent out two vehicles ahead of the chase, and when the suspects saw the cruisers, the Buick came to a stop on its own, Stubbert said.

While Stubbert said the suspected burglars appeared to be “after something” in the residence, he said police don’t know what specifically the pair allegedly were looking for. Police are still investigating the case, he said.

Furey, who police said was driving the vehicle, was charged with eluding a police officer, a class C felony; operating under the influence, a class D misdemeanor; and burglary, a class C felony. Castranda was charged with burglary, a class C felony, and assault, a class D misdemeanor.

Both men were taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta, where Castranda was being held in lieu of $1,250 cash bail and Furey was being held in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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