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CHESTERFIELD — A Connecticut man faces several charges, including attempted burglary and resisting arrest, after leading officers on a vehicle chase Thursday, according to Chesterfield Police Chief Duane Chickering.

Louis Mims, 60, has also been charged with disobeying a police officer, reckless driving, driving without a license and misuse of plates. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Cheshire County Superior Court.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Chesterfield police were alerted to a suspicious person knocking on the door of a home on Winchester Road, according to a news release Chickering sent Thursday evening. The man was reported to be driving a dark-colored SUV with Connecticut license plates that was last seen traveling east on Winchester Road, Chickering wrote, noting that this street dead ends at Pisgah State Park.

The responding officer saw the vehicle in question, a black 2002 Ford Explorer, driving across a lawn before parking behind a residence, the release says. The officer followed on foot and observed a man, later identified as Mims, trying to gain entry into the home and ordered him to stop, Chickering wrote.

Mims then jumped back into the SUV and drove over a lawn chair as he attempted to flee at a high rate of speed, and headed toward Route 63, according to the release, which says police followed him as he traveled north on Route 63. Chickering wrote that he joined the pursuit, following Mims down Twin Brook Road, across Route 9 and down Pond Brook Road, all while traveling at a high rate of speed.

The chase ended when Mims crashed into a tree near Streeter Hill Road and Pond Brook Road, according to the news release. Chickering said Mims was taken into custody without incident and the vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.

Mims is being held at the Cheshire County jail in Keene pending his 1 p.m. court appearance Sept. 25.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or those who might have seen a suspicious black Ford Explorer in their driveway are asked to contact Chesterfield police at 363-4233.