Police: Drunk driver arrested after short, high-speed pursuit

ELLSWORTH — A Fletchers Landing man was arrested Friday night after allegedly driving drunk at 80 miles per hour down State Street.

Chipper Archer, 42, was charged with operating under the influence. Police said his breath-alcohol level was 0.20. In Maine, a driver with an alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered to be operating under the influence.

Archer was additionally charged with failing to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger and exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more.

The Fletchers Landing man allegedly led police on a mile-long pursuit along State Street, “during which time his vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 mph in a posted 30-mph zone,” according to a police report.

Lt. Harold Page said Archer kept going even after a pursuing officer activated his siren and blue lights.

Archer eventually stopped because there was a car stopped ahead of him, according to Page.

Page said Archer didn’t think he had been going that fast, and didn’t believe Sgt. Glenn Moshier when Moshier told him he had been clocked at more than 80 mph.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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