The pursuit reached 112 miles an hour before spike strips were deployed.
CLINTON, Maine — This Santa made the naughty list.
Maine State Police say they arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle who identified himself as Santa Claus following a nearly 50-mile chase Tuesday.
Police said the chase started in Clinton after they tried to pull the driver over for a traffic violation. The chase reached 112 miles an hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, about 30 miles away.
Christos Kassaras, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, drove on busted tires another 15 miles before troopers caught and arrested him.
It wasn’t immediately known if the 54-year-old had a lawyer. A woman who identified herself as his mother said she hadn’t spoken to him and had no comment.
Kassaras was jailed on stolen vehicle and criminal speed charges.
CLINTON, Maine- On July 4, 2017, Sgt. Matt Casavant was patrolling Interstate 95 in Clinton when he attempted to stop a Silver 1997 Jeep from New Hampshire for a traffic violation.The Jeep stopped briefly and Sgt. Casavant had an interaction with the driver, who was later identified as Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He then fled from the scene.Sgt. Casavant pursued the Jeep and it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of New Hampshire. Speeds reached 112 mile per hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh. The Jeep continued north on Interstate 95 in Bangor driving on the rims. The Jeep exited at Broadway where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) was utliized ending the chase.The driver was non compliant and was taken into custody and identified. Kassaras was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was cleared and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. The chase spanned approximately 47 miles. Kassaras was charged with Eluding an Officer, Criminal Speed, Driving to Endanger, Unauthorized Use of Property, Refusing to Submit to Arrest, and Passing a Roadblock.
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