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Man Gives Name as Santa Claus After 112 MPH Chase

Christos Kassaras faces charges of eluding an officer, criminal speed, refusing to submit to arrest, unauthorized use of property and passing a roadblock

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    Maine State Police arrested a driver who called himself Santa Claus following a nearly 50-mile chase on Tuesday, authorities said. 

    They learned his Jeep was stolen from New Hampshire.

    Police said the chase started in Clinton and reached 112 miles an hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh.

    The Jeep continued north on Interstate 95 to Bangor, where 54-year-old Christos Kassaras, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, was arrested. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer. His mother said she hadn't talked to him and had no comment.

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    Kassaras was arrested on charges of eluding an officer, criminal speed, refusing to submit to arrest, unauthorized use of property and passing a roadblock.

    He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center and later brought to Penobscot County Jail.