George Robert Sproul Jr.

A Bridgton man was arrested late Monday night after leading police on a chase in a stolen U-Haul pickup truck.

A Bridgton police officer attempted to stop a pickup truck for speeding on Route 107, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed, according to police.

Officers determined the operator of the truck, 25-year-old George Sproul, was wanted in connection with an active burglary investigation being conducted by Maine State Police.

Deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office spotted the truck driving on Route 107 near Long Hill Road in Sebago. Sproul again refused to stop and led deputies on a high-speed chase, police said.

Sproul surrendered after a spike mat set out on Route 113 in Standish flattened three of the four tires on the truck.

Police say Sproul’s friend rented the U-Haul in Auburn, but it was reported stolen when it was not returned. Deputies say someone had attempted to paint the truck black to hide the U-Haul logos.

Sproul was charged with eluding, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, criminal speed and a probation revocation warrant. He is being held without bail at Cumberland County Jail.

This was the third pursuit in Standish in just over five months that involved a stolen U-Haul truck. The other two chases involved trucks stolen from the Portland U-Haul store by a local man.

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