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Police probe chase, attempted Audubon break-in

Police are investigating whether an attempted break-in at the Connecticut Audubon Society's headquarters on Burr Street is related to pursuit of a suspect sought by Bridgeport police early Tuesday.

Bridgeport police had chased the car onto Interstate 95 around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday for motor vehicle violations and because they believed a female passenger in the car was "in distress." The car left the highway at Bronson Road, and hit the front porch of a home before continuing north on Bronson.

According to Fairfield police, the car stopped near Audubon Lane and the female passenger got out and surrendered to police. The driver, described as a heavy-set, light skinned white or Hispanic male, fled on foot, and was last seen near the Connecticut Audubon property on Burr Street. The Fairfield police K-9, Ruger, was brought to the scene but could not locate the suspect.

Around 8 a.m., a damaged side door at the Audubon center was discovered. Police searched the building but found no one inside and nothing missing.

Deputy Chief Christopher Lyddy said the department is "confident" the incidents are linked. When the suspect is located, Lyddy said, he will face charges for the Bronson Road accident.

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