Mass. man arrested after car chase ends in Wells Harbor

July 10th, 2009 by

Seacoast

WELLS — Police said they pulled a Massachusetts man from a sinking car in Wells Harbor on Tuesday after a chase that ended when he drove off the public boat launch.

Brett Korpi, 25, of 33 Lincoln St., Hudson, Mass., was arrested on a felony charge of eluding an officer, according to police. Further charges, including receiving stolen property, are being discussed by police from Wells and Hudson.

“We are very fortunate that no one was standing at the boat launch when he drove down there,” said Lt. Gerald Congdon of the police pursuit.

Officers on patrol first located Korpi on Mile Road heading toward Route 1 after they received a report at 2 p.m. out of Hudson, Mass., that an allegedly stolen 2006 Mercury Milan was being driven in the Wells beach area, according to police.

Shortly after receiving the report, Korpi drove past police in the vehicle in question, police said. Officers tried to stop the car and were then led on a mid-afternoon chase that eventually ended in the town harbor at the end of Harbor Road.

Korpi reached speeds as high as 60 mph before entering the water, police said.

“We backed off because we knew he didn’t have anywhere to go,” said police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam, noting that Harbor Road is a dead-end road.

Putnam said police and the assistant harbor master took row boats out to the sinking car, where they broke windows to pull Korpi, who appeared to be unconscious, out of the vehicle.

He was checked by Wells paramedics at the harbor and then taken to Southern Maine Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Korpi was then transported to York County Jail, said Congdon. An arraignment was likely to be held Wednesday, police said.

A local diver and a wrecker from National Wrecker Service from York were called to the scene by police. Around 3:30 p.m., a spare tire could be seen floating above where the car was submerged underwater.

A number of people at the harbor dock, standing in the rain, were on scene when the man was pulled from the vehicle.

“The onlookers were all shocked,” said Paul Taylor, a Harbor Road resident at the boat launch. “I really couldn’t believe what was going on.”

Taylor said he was standing on his front porch when he saw a black car speed by with a police cruiser in pursuit.

He said at the harbor he saw police pull the man from the car.

“He was shaking pretty hard,” Taylor said.


2 Responses

  1. bamafan

    what a doushe..

  2. bamafan

    what a douschebag

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