Westport cop uses stun gun to take fugitive into custody
Published 1:01 pm, Friday, December 31, 2010
Westport police used a stun gun to subdue and capture a fugitive Friday morning after a high-speed chase that caused damage to eight vehicles, including a police cruiser and an 18-wheeler.
Ceasar Fulton, 50, whose last known address was Cottage Street in Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree assault, possession of narcotics and evading police.
Fulton, wanted in Florida on a violation of probation warrant, was held without bail in Norwalk per the orders of a Florida judge. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Norwalk Superior Court. He was also charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and driving without headlights on.
The headlights charge, though the least serious, was the reason the chase began, according to Norwalk police Lt. Thomas Mattera.
Mattera said the chase began at about 1:30 a.m. Friday when Fulton drove past the Norwalk police station in a Dodge Dorango without its headlights activated.
Mattera said Fulton was followed by a police officer and stopped, but left the scene driving through East Norwalk on his way to Interstate 95. On his way to the highway -- at the corner of Duck Pond and Winfield Street in East Norwalk -- police say Fulton plowed into a snowbank.
As two officers moved in to apprehend him, he backed into their cruiser, ramming it and causing minor damage. He then fled to I-95. Police said the first-degree assault charge stems from the crusier crash.
During the chase on I-95 -- which was joined by state troopers and police from Norwalk, Westport and Fairfield -- spike strips were set down on the highway, flattening the tires of six civilian cars and all 18 wheels on a tractor trailer, according to Norwalk Sgt. Andre Velez.
Fulton then pulled off Exit 24 in Fairfield and drove into another snowbank, police said, and then fled on foot. Moments later, he was subdued by a stun gun and apprehended by a Westport police officer, then taken to Norwalk Hospital for examination, police said.
While at the hospital, seven pieces of crack cocaine were found in his jeans pocket, police said A female passenger in the car was cooperative and not arrested.
Mattera said police were lucky the suspect drove past police headquarters without headlights on.
"No one ever says criminals are smart," Mattera said. "Thank God."