Three teens, including two juveniles, were nabbed following a police chase in a stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed through two towns.
The incident took place around 3:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, when Westport Police Corporal Kevin Smith spotted a vehicle traveling westbound in the area of 877 Post Road East at a high rate of speed, said Westport Police.
He followed the vehicle after a registration check showed it had been stolen out of Darien on Sept. 19, police added.
Smith then attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle would not stop and a chase began that continued into Fairfield, where Fairfield Police deployed stop sticks, which the vehicle hit, but continued on until it crashed into a utility pole and the operator fled on foot, Westport Police said.
A brief foot pursuit ensued and the driver was taken into custody a short distance away by with the assistance of Westport K-9 Koda. The two juvenile passengers were detained by Fairfield officers.
The two 15-year-old passengers, both from Waterbury, were transported to St. Vincent's Hospital for minor injuries. They were each issued a summons charging them with larceny.
The driver, Jomar Perez, 18, also of Waterbury, was transported to St Vincent’s by Fairfield police due to minor injuries sustained as a result of a K-9 bite.
During a search of the vehicle, two loaded 9mm handgun magazines were located in the driver’s side door pocket. Numerous debit/credit cards and several car keys to other vehicles were also located during the search. The vehicle and surrounding area were searched, but no firearm has been recovered.
After being released from the hospital, Perez was transported to Westport headquarters where he was charged with two counts of risk of injury, interfering with an officer, larceny, motor vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit larceny, and numerous traffic violations.
Perez was held in lieu of $25,000 bond.
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