SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Connecticut State Police arrested a 34-year-old man who hit a Southbury police SUV with a stolen van, led officers on a chase and rolled over his vehicle after officers interrupted a burglary, Connecticut State Police said.
The incident began at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, when Southbury police officers responded to Parsell’s Auto Body at 616 Main St. in Southbury for a burglar alarm, state police said.
Southbury officers arrived within a minute and saw footprints in the snow leading to a large garage bay door that was slightly open, state police said.
Then a white work utility van started up, the reverse lights came on and the van suddenly smashed through the large garage bay door, state police said.
The Southbury Police Officer reversed his vehicle, however, the work utility van crashed into the police SUV before fleeing the scene, state police said.
Southbury officers attempted to stop the utility van, which was later learned to be stolen, in the business parking lot, but the operator refused to stop, state police said.
The driver engaged officers in pursuit, traveling south on Main Street toward Route 172, state police said. Debris from the garage door and ladders fell off the utility van as it traveled across Route 172, crashed into bushes, rolled over multiple times and crashed into a large tree, state police said.
Officers found the driver, identified as Eric Feye, lying sideways across the front seat with minor injuries, state police said.
Feye was extricated from the van by the Southbury Fire Department and transported to Waterbury Hospital by Southbury Ambulance, state police said.
Upon release from the hospital, Feye of Putnam Valley, N.Y., was taken into custody and transported to Troop A-Southbury. He was charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, assault on a police officer with a motor vehicle, engaging police in pursuit, evading responsibility, failure to drive right and unsafe movement to the right.
Feye was released after posting $75,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Dec. 27.
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