High Speed Chase Ends in Drug Charges
A woman who police attempted to stop for driving too slow took off and engaged the officer in a high speed chase. Once police were able to stop the vehicle, the driver was charged with possession of illegal drugs.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release that State Trooper Ricci Cote tried early Sunday morning to stop a car in Turner for going 29 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver, Elsa Konopka, age 23 of Rumford, sped off, with her speed reaching 80 mph at one point. Cote said, as Konopka fled, she threw a loaded .22 caliber handgun out the window. Police later recovered the firearm.
The chase ended near the Auburn Mall when the cruiser made contact with the woman's car and she spun out. Konopka was arrested and charged with possessing crack, failing to stop for a police officer, operating without a license, and possessing drug paraphernalia. There was little damage to both cars. Police seized a small amount of crack cocaine and a crack pipe. Auburn Police assisted as the chase ended and transported Konopka to the county jail.