FAIRFIELD — Five suspects are in custody after they crashed into police cruiser in a stolen car early Monday morning, police said.
Police said the incident occurred around 4:15 a.m. when they noticed a car speeding on West Way Road.
When police began to pursue the vehicle, it allegedly pulled some erratic maneuvers and momentarily lost the officers. When officers next spotted the car, it was driving toward them on Pequot Avenue, at which point the car swerved into the cruiser and struck it head-on on the driver’s side.
Three of the five suspects in the car attempted to flee on foot, but were rounded up with the help of a Westport police K9 unit.
Some of the suspects were later transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injures.
The suspects, all of which came from Waterbury, were comprised of four young adults and one juvenile.
An investigation of the stolen vehicle, which was reported missing from Waterbury the night before, revealed items that had been stolen from several vehicles in the area of Henderson Road and a stolen Mercedes Benz from Cedar Road.
The driver of the car was identified as Jose Diaz, 19, and has additional charges of risk of injury to a minor, and criminal attempt at first-degree assault, and issued summons for reckless driving, failure to drive in the proper lane, evading with injury and no license. He was being held on a $20,000 bond.
Diaz, Joseph Frazier, 20, Averie Reyes, 20, Jamine Stith, 20, and the 15-year-old were all charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, second-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Frazier was also charged with interfering with an officer, and he was being held on a $10,000 bond.
Stith’s bond was set at $10,000, while Reyes was held on a $2,500 bond. The 15-year-old juvenile, who police said was also involved in a stolen car chase in Westport last week, was transferred to a Hartford juvenile detention center and given a court date of Oct. 29.
The others are all scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Oct. 16.