The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a man with 18 active driver’s license suspensions who fled a traffic stop Thursday in Chesterville.

Deputy Derek Doucette pulled over a black Saturn shortly before 1 p.m. on Route 156 near Vienna Road because of a violation. The driver failed to provide a driver’s license and gave his name as Dale Thompson, according to a news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

After checking via computer, Doucette identified the driver as Devin Leonard, 25, of Albany Township, in part using in-house records including photos from past arrests. In addition to the suspensions, a warrant has been issued for unpaid fines.

When the deputy returned to the car, he addressed Leonard by his real name and Leonard fled, turning onto Vienna Road heading toward Vienna, in Kennebec County, according to the release.

Doucette pursued him for a short time before ending the chase.

A warrant for Leonard’s arrest on a charge of eluding an officer is expected to be issued. In addition, he is expected to be charged with failing to stop for an officer, driving to endanger, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating with license suspended or revoked, and failure to give correct name, address or date of birth.

The Franklin County’s Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Leonard’s location to please ontact the office at 778-2680 or via Facebook.

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