Stolen car driver, 4 juveniles arrested after chase, crash on Merritt
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 northbound on the Merritt near Exit 42 Merritt.
Lt. Jillian Cabana said “when the pursuit came upon a construction zone, the lead officer hung back in the left lane, while the suspect vehicle entered the right lane, which was closed for construction. The stolen vehicle struck another vehicle that was also on the highway and continued north switching between the right and left lanes of traffic through the construction pattern.”
The occupant of the struck vehicle was uninjured.
The lead Westport officer in the pursuit was stuck behind traffic in the left lane when she lost sight of the suspect vehicle. The pursuit was terminated.
Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, it was learned that the stolen vehicle crashed in the area of Exit 48-49 in Trumbull.
“Officers from Trumbull, Fairfield and the CT State Police were on scene and immediately apprehended all five occupants. Westport units responded to the scene and took custody of the suspects. With the assistance of Fairfield and Trumbull Police units, all five suspects were transported to Westport Police headquarters where they were charged.”
The driver of the stolen car - 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 violation of probation. He was held on $10,000 for arraignment Friday in Norwalk Superior Court.
A 14-year-old female from Bridgeport was also arrested. She 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 his arrest, a 14-year old male suspect was found to be in possession of four key fobs, one of which belonged to the stolen vehicle he had just exited. He was also issued a juvenile summons at Westport headquarters, charging him with first-degree larceny and conspiracy. He too, had an outstanding custody order, he was transported to Bridgeport Juvenile Detention.
Officers learned a 13-year old male suspect of was the brother of the 14-year-old male suspect. He was also charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy before being released to the custody of his mother. The brothers reside 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 incident began at around 12:45 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle after a Bradley Street resident reported a vehicle driving slowly with headlights off and occupants getting in and out of the vehicle. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.
Officers observed a black Audi traveling northbound toward Hillspoint Road, away from the area, with at least four occupants. Another officer began to follow behind the vehicle, which was confirmed to be stolen out of Easton after a registration check. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Cross Highway.
The vehicle evaded police and then went onto the northbound Merritt at Exit 42.
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas expressed his outrage over these continuing incidents.
“Unfortunately, the teens and young adults involved in these incidents never experience real consequences from the juvenile justice system,” he said in a release. “Meanwhile, they’re putting residents, other drivers, our officers and in this instance, construction workers at risk. Luckily, no one was hurt during this incident.
“The teens involved in the pursuit last night had prior run-ins with law enforcement, which resulted in the orders to detain against them. Yet here they are, out and about in the middle of a week night 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. We need to work together to find a better solution before someone really gets hurt.”