High speed chase ends in crash

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The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says that Richard Nicholson of Brownfield crashed his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier after leading a deputy on a high speed chase in Naples.

NAPLES — A Brownfield man led police on a high-speed chase in Naples before crashing his car early last Saturday morning, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. 

A press release for the Sherriff’s Office said Richard Nicholson, 25, was taken to Bridgton Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier went sideways off of Route 11, struck a utility pole and broke in half. Nicholson was ejected from the vehicle the release says. 

According to police, a deputy sheriff saw Nicholson “traveling at a criminal speed” on Route 302 in Naples around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. When the deputy attempted to pull Nicholson’s vehicle over as it turned off of Route 302 onto Route 11, it did not stop and instead increased to speeds over 90 miles per hour.

The crash occurred about a mile down Route 11 from the intersection. Nicholson was slated to be charged with eluding an officer, operating under the influence, and criminal speed. 

No Sherriff’s office personnel were injured or sheriff’s vehicles damaged in the crash. 

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says that Richard Nicholson of Brownfield crashed his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier after leading a deputy on a high speed chase in Naples.