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Deputies: Driver nearly hit motorists, reached speeds up to 100 mph on Naples Causeway before arrest

Barr faces multiple charges, including failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving...
Barr faces multiple charges, including failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving to endanger, and OUI refusal.(WMTW)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 6:57 AM EDT
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CUMBERLAND, Maine (WMTW) - A woman is under arrest after deputies say she almost hit several motorists while driving erratically in Cumberland County.

Officials received reports of a black truck with Maine plates driving erratically and nearly striking several others on Route 302 in Windham Sunday.

Deputies say the driver was found heading west near Raymond Beach, where it continued swerving between the opposite and breakdown lane.

Authorities say they attempted to stop the driver, who immediately accelerated and began to pass vehicles at speeds over 90 mph.

The deputy, attempting to stop the driver, stopped the pursuit due to traffic and radioed ahead to other officers, officials say.

Officials say several miles away, a deputy spotted the truck tailgating and continuing to pass cars on the Naples Causeway.

When the deputy tried again to stop the truck, it accelerated to nearly 100 mph. Authorities say the deputy followed until 2.5 miles before it pulled over at the intersection of Kansas road.

The driver, 62-year-old Kristen Barr, was taken into custody. She faces multiple charges, including failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, driving to endanger, and OUI refusal.

“The traffic volume in the Sebago Lake area on a Sunday afternoon, particularly during the summer months, coupled with the driver’s reckless operation created a very dangerous situation. Deputies took several measures to reduce the risks created by this dangerous driver and are grateful that this incident did not result in tragedy,” deputies said in a release.

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