New Haven men arrested following car pursuit

WESTPORT — Two men from New Haven were arrested following a car pursuit that extended into Norwalk.

On Oct. 3, an officer was conducting a routine security patrol of local, 24-hour businesses. At a service station, police said he observed a vehicle within the parking lot that was parked and running but unoccupied. A computer check of the vehicle’s registration by the officer showed it was listed as recently stolen from East Haven, police said.

While awaiting the arrival of additional officers, police said two men were seen entering the vehicle and exiting the parking lot. After following the vehicle for a short period of time, the officer attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop on Post Road West.

The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Peyton Thompson, 18, disregarded the signal and accelerated away at a high rate of speed, according to the report. The Westport officer did not continue to engage the vehicle in pursuit once it crossed into the limits of Norwalk, but attempted to continue following it.

A short time after the initial attempt to stop the vehicle, two Norwalk officers began following and attempted to stop the vehicle. The operator ultimately did stop for Norwalk officers and was taken into custody along with the passenger, identified by police as 25-year-old Wayne Dohna.

The two were transported back to Westport police headquarters for processing. Thompson was subsequently charged with second-degree larceny, disobeying the signal of an officer/engaging in pursuit, reckless driving and operating a vehicle without a license. He was transported to state Superior Court in Norwalk on Oct. 3 for arraignment.

Dohna was charged with second-degree larceny. He was unable to post $10,000 bond and was also transported to court on Oct. 3 for arraignment.