A New Hampshire man was arrested after leading Old Orchard Beach police on a chase through several towns Wednesday afternoon.

Old Orchard Beach police received a call around 2:35 p.m. Wednesday reporting that Edward Lapore was driving to a home at 173 East Grand Ave. to make contact with a woman. Lapore, 39, of North Conway, New Hampshire, had multiple active warrants concerning protection from harassment charges and domestic violence stalking related to the woman, Capt. David Hemingway said.

An officer tried to pull over Lapore, who was driving a Toyota pickup truck, but he refused to stop, Hemingway said. Officers pursued Lapore through Scarborough, Buxton and Standish before he crashed his truck into a utility pole on Manchester Road.

Buxton Officer James Bradbury was almost struck by Lapore’s truck and injured a hand as he tried to deploy a spikemat to stop Lapore as he crossed into Buxton from Scarborough, Buxton police said Thursday.

Lapore was arrested at the crash scene in Standish and taken to Maine Medical Center for medical evaluation. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Buxton police charged Lapore with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, a Class C crime. Hemingway said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.


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