A man with 18 active driver’s license suspensions who fled a traffic stop last month in Chesterville was apprehended recently in Oxford County, authorities said Tuesday.

Devin Leonard, 25, of Albany Township, was taken into police custody Sunday in Bethel by Oxford County sheriff’s deputies, according to a news release from Franklin County’s Sheriff Scott Nichols.

He had been wanted on a warrant on a charge of eluding an officer and also is 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.

Oxford County Deputy Steve Witham found Leonard in a stolen vehicle from Lewiston parked at a Family Dollar store, Nichols said. Witham and two other Oxford County officers arrested Leonard there without incident and he was taken to the Franklin County Jail in Farmington on Monday afternoon.

On Nov. 23, Franklin County Deputy Derek Doucette had 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 police.

After checking via computer, Doucette identified the driver as Leonard, 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 and heading toward Vienna, in Kennebec County. Doucette pursued him for a short time before ending the chase.

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