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Police: NH man calling himself 'Santa Claus' led 50-mile high-speed chase

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Michael Rielly

Police: NH man calling himself 'Santa Claus' led 50-mile high-speed chase

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 05, 2017

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BANGOR, Maine — Popular culture tells us Santa Claus makes his annual trek around the world on Dec. 24, but Maine state police say Kris Kringle — or a New Hampshire man claiming to be St. Nick — led them on a nearly 50-mile chase at speeds topping 100 mph on Independence Day, in a 1997 Jeep instead of his customary sleigh and team of reindeer.

According to Maine state police, Sgt. Matt Casavant was patrolling Interstate 95 in Clinton, Maine, on July 4 when he attempted to stop a silver 1997 Jeep with a New Hampshire registration for a traffic violation.

According to police, the Jeep stopped briefly and Sgt. Casavant had an interaction with the driver, who told police his name was Santa Claus. The Jeep, with Santa at the wheel, then fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

Casavant pursued the Jeep and determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of New Hampshire.

The chase continued for approximately 47 miles, at speeds of 112 mph before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, Maine. The vehicle continued north on Interstate 95 in Bangor — driving on rims — before coming to an end at the Broadway exit in Bangor where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) was used to stop the vehicle. The PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

Maine State Police said the driver, identified as Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was cleared and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. 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.

SOURCE: http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Man-claiming-to-be-Santa-Claus-leads-Maine-police-on-chase-07062017

 

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Eileen Strom

Great, just great. Why is it that the nut jobs get press and the philanthropic ones don't? (I do know why, but it drives me crazy to read about twits like this jerk.)

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Santa  Kevin

Just the kind of publicity we DON'T Need!!!  This guy is diffidently a nut job!! I agree Eileen that why can't the good Santas get the press and not these types of things!

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Elf Without Jingles

I was gonna post this myself. Well, at least we know one thing: there will always be those who seek to use Santa's good name for their own nefarious ends. Fortunately, we all have standards to uphold around here, and here's hoping we maintain those standards so that only the Good Guys have a place here!

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