BELFAST — A report of a suspicious person at McDonald’s Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, led to a chase down Route 3 and charges for an Appleton woman.

According to a press release from Chief Bob Cormier, police were called at about 3:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious person at the fast-food restaurant at 262 Main St. It was reported that her red Mustang had broken down in the drive-thru lane and McDonald’s staff had helped push the car into a parking spot, the chief said. Its driver, witnesses reported, “may be intoxicated,” he said.

Sgt. Matthew Cook and Officer Tyler Baker found the woman seated in the vehicle, allegedly impaired, Cormier said in the press release, and learned her driver’s license was suspended. They told her she could not drive the vehicle and needed to call for a ride, Cormier said.

About 10 minutes later, a witness reported that the woman had left McDonald’s in her vehicle, headed west on Route 3. “Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle on Route 3 near the Belmont town line,” Cormier said, flashed emergency lights and attempted to pull it over, but “the driver refused and continued driving.”

Officers pursued the car for several miles into Searsmont, Cormier said, before it stopped. They took the driver, Karen Walton, 55, of 488 Searsmont Road, Appleton, into custody without further incident and transported her to Waldo County Jail, where she was being held. Walton was charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension, and eluding, Cormier said. She has a court date of Jan. 13, 2023. Walton was also on probation, Cormier said.

Cook and Baker were assisted by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.