Police say Tyler Tibbetts was handcuffed Friday morning and placed in the back of a Dexter Police cruiser for a parole violation, but somehow managed to squeeze through an 11-inch partition window to get into the front seat of the police cruiser that he drove off.
He ditched the police vehicle a few miles down the road.
Then, police saw him driving another vehicle and a high-speed chase began that ended when a spike-strip was used to blow out the front tires of the second vehicle and he crashed into a bunch of trees in Dover-Foxcroft.
Tibbetts was taken by life flight to eastern Maine medical center and was released on Monday and went directly to Penobscot County Jail.
He now faces charges of theft of a vehicle for stealing the police cruiser and for the high-speed chase. He is expected to be in court at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday.