Officer Jeremie Elliot spotted a suspect car, and touched off a pursuit that ended two towns away—with a suspect driver in handcuffs.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 1:41 a.m. Friday, Officer Elliot responded to Winthrop Avenue and Goffe Street on a report of gunfire exchanged by the occupants of two dark-colored vehicles.
On Orchard Street, Elliot spotted a car matching the description. The car ran a red light. Elliot gave chase. The car headed downtown, to Park Street, and ended up going south on Howard Avenue. Elliot lost sight of the vehicle.
Moments later, Officer Kyle Malloy spotted the car on Davenport Avenue. The car headed into West Haven, with Malloy in pursuit. West Haven cops took over the chase, which led into Orange.
Orange police and state cops finally stopped the car on Bull Hill Lane. The driver took off on foot, but was caught. The 25-year-old had 28 bags of crack on him and was wanted on nine outstanding warrants.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment for a dog bite. Cops charged him with drug and motor vehicle crimes.
Police also apprehended two passengers in the car. One, a 21-year-old, was wanted on three outstanding warrants, for robbery, drug crimes, larceny, and probation violation. The other, a 24-year-old, was issued an infraction for marijuana possession.
During the chase, New Haven Officers Steven Cunningham and Christopher Fennessy got into a car accident. No one was injured. The driver of the other car was arrested for driving under the influence.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
House Of Flying Daggers
At 9:51 p.m. on Feb. 28, police responded to a report of an assault on Wayfarer Street. They arrived to find a man on the sidewalk, a knife in each hand.
At gunpoint, the man dropped the knives and was handcuffed.
A 41-year-old woman told police that she’d argued with the man in her neighbor’s apartment. As the argument grew more heated, the man pulled out knives and began throwing them at her. One hit her on the breast but didn’t hurt her.
The neighbor, in whose house the pair were arguing, told cops that the man had thrown three knives. “They were flying all over the house,” she said, according to Hartman. The neighbor’s daughter told cops she’d been hit by a knife but wasn’t cut.
The man told cops he’d “lost it” when the 41-year-old woman told him he could no longer stay with her.
“He said he’d bought five throwing knives at the Milford Mall and had them on him.He said when the argument escalated, he remembered he had them and threw three at the three women.He said he did threaten to stab the dog, but would never actually have done such a thing. He said he was just trying to frighten” the 41-year-old, Hartman said.
Police arrested the man, who’s 30, on three counts of attempted assault, reckless endangerment, threatening and breach of peace.