Sabattus Police say a man who fled from a standoff is still at large and believed to be armed and dangerous.

Where Was the Standoff?

Diego Martinez, 31, was the subject of a police standoff in a house at 573 Sabattus Road on Friday, where police say he was staying. It's not clear what prompted the standoff but, while police tried to negotiate with Martinez, WGME-TV reports he escaped the scene by driving through the garage door in a car belonging to the residents of the home.

Was There a Police Chase After He Fled?

Police pursued the vehicle into Lewiston, which reportedly included the suspect driving the wrong way down Pine Street at 100 miles per hour. Finally, officials found the car after it crashed on Washington Street in Auburn but there was no sign of Martinez.

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The suspect was located later that night by police officers, who chased the vehicle he was driving through Poland and Oxford before it crashed it into Oxford Speedway. Again, he ran from authorities. They located him a third time and engaged in another pursuit before he crashed into a porch on Carter Street in Norway and again, took off. Since then, there have been no reported sightings.

Why Is He Considered Dangerous?

Martinez remains at large and police say he's considered armed and dangerous. His past crimes have included weapons charges, assault, and sex trafficking. Anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but should call their local police or 911 immediately.

This investigation is ongoing.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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