WATERVILLE — A man is wanted by Maine State Police for reportedly leading a trooper on a chase while driving a stolen motorcycle, crashing, and then getting away because he lied to an officer about needing help for a broken hip.

Around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Trooper Scott Duff reported a black man who was 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighed 150 pounds, had short black hair and was speeding on Center Street in Waterville on a Kawasaki Ninja 600 motorcycle, according to a state police Facebook post. The man was wearing a white T-shirt and tan cargo shorts at the time.

Several complaints had been filed about a motorcyclist’s reckless speeding and loud exhaust before Sunday afternoon. Duff followed the man after he traveled on one-way Center Street in the wrong direction.

The motorcyclist then led Duff on a high-speed chase on Elm, Park and Pleasant streets before Duff finally stopped chasing the suspect on North Street. The motorcyclist was taking too many risks, Duff said, according to a dispatch transcript from a police log for Sunday.

Shortly afterward, Duff found the man where he apparently had crashed on the bridge on North Street. He had large scrapes on his right arm and leg, and the man told Duff his hip was broken and he needed help, according to the police post.

Duff went to his cruiser to call for help, but the man then fled on foot toward Gilman Street. A state police dog tried unsuccessfully to track the man down. Police think he was picked up by a car near West Street.

The motorcycle he left behind had been painted black and was stolen from Connecticut, according to the post.

Police asked that anyone with information that could help identify the motorcycle rider to call Maine State Police at 624-7076 or 800-452-4664.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

[email protected]

Twitter: @madelinestamour


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