5 ar­rested after chase, crash on Mer­ritt

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - NEWS - By Jim Shay

A 20-year-old Bridge­port man and four ju­ve­niles were ar­rested after the stolen car they were in crashed on the Mer­ritt Park­way in Trum­bull early Fri­day morn­ing.

West­port po­lice were ini­tially pur­su­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle, re­ported act­ing sus­pi­ciously about 12:45 a.m. on Bradley Street, north­bound on the Mer­ritt near Exit 42 Mer­ritt. The car had been re­ported stolen out of Eas­ton.

Dur­ing the chase, the stolen car passed through a con­struc­tion area and struck an­other ve­hi­cle; the oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle was un­in­jured, po­lice said.

West­port po­lice ended the pur­suit when the lead of­fi­cer be­came stuck be­hind traf­fic. Shortly after that, the ve­hi­cle was re­ported crashed be­tween ex­its 48 and 49 in Trum­bull.

“Of­fi­cers from Trum­bull, Fair­field and the Connecticut State Po­lice were on scene and im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hended all five oc­cu­pants,” po­lice said. The five were trans­ported to West­port Po­lice head­quar­ters where they were charged.

The driver, iden­ti­fied as An­dre Davis, 20, of Bridge­port, was charged with four counts of risk of in­jury to a mi­nor, first-de­gree lar­ceny, in­ter­fer­ing with an of­fi­cer, sec­ond-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, reck­less driv­ing, dis­obey­ing an of­fi­cer’s sig­nal to elude/at­tempted es­cape and op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out a li­cense.

Davis was also found to have an out­stand­ing war­rant for pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion. He was held on $10,000 for ar­raign­mentin state Su­pe­rior Court in Nor­walk.

A 14-year-old fe­male from Bridge­port was is­sued a ju­ve­nile sum­mons charg­ing her with first-de­gree lar­ceny and con­spir­acy. Since there was an ac­tive cus­tody or­der for her, she was taken to Bridge­port Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion.

At the time of the in­ci­dent, a 14-year old male in the car was found to be in pos­ses­sion of four key fobs, one of which be­longed to the stolen ve­hi­cle. He was also is­sued a ju­ve­nile sum­mons charg­ing him with first­de­gree lar­ceny and con­spir­acy. He too, had an out­stand­ing cus­tody or­der, he was trans­ported to Bridge­port Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion.

Of­fi­cers said a 13-year old male in the car was the brother of the 14-year-old male. He was also charged with first-de­gree lar­ceny and con­spir­acy be­fore be­ing re­leased to the cus­tody of his mother. The brothers live in Derby.

A 15-year-old male sus­pect, also from Bridge­port, was trans­ported to the West­port Po­lice Depart­ment and is­sued a Ju­ve­nile Sum­mons charg­ing him with first-de­gree lar­ceny and con­spir­acy. He was also re­leased to the cus­tody of his mother.

“The teens in­volved in the pur­suit last night had prior run-ins with law en­force­ment, which re­sulted in the or­ders to de­tain against them,” said West­port Po­lice Chief Foti Koski­nas. “Yet here they are, out and about in the mid­dle of a week­night know­ing that all they will get is a slap on the wrist from the State of Connecticut.

“We are not do­ing Connecticut res­i­dents or th­ese kids any fa­vors by deny­ing them con­se­quences and real op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­form,” Koski­nas said. “We need to work to­gether to find a bet­ter so­lu­tion be­fore some­one re­ally gets hurt.”


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