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Sunday, August 19 News

Teens lead police in pursuit, crash car

FAIRFIELD — Three West Haven juveniles, ranged from 15 to 17 years old, were taken into custody early Sunday morning following a pursuit, and a fourth is still being sought.

Police received a call around 3:30 a.m. about four people going through vehicles in the area of Plum Street, who then fled the scene. When the first officer arrived, a Honda with four people inside tried to ram the police cruiser, and hit it but caused little damage. The Honda took off south on Grasmere Avenue, and a second officer spotted the car on the Post Road, headed toward Bridgeport. A pursuit ensued.

The car crashed on Fairfield Avenue near Interstate 95, and four people ran from the Honda. A female, 16, who got out of the passenger-side of the vehicle, was taken into custody. Police found a gun on the ground outside the front passenger door.

One of the males was chased by officers and captured a short distance away.

With assistance from State Police and Bridgeport police, a perimeter was set up that including the highway and the ramp. A Fairfield K-9 officer began searching the area and alerted to a third suspect, hiding the deep brush alongside the highway. He surrendered when confronted by the police dog.

The fourth suspect, a black male wearing a red sweatshirt, was not located.

According to police, the four are familiar to the department for similar activities, and two of the three in custody have outstanding warrants. The Honda they were driving had been stolen out of West Haven.

The three teens taken into custody were charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny, five counts of criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny, six counts of conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, five counts of criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary, and six counts of conspiracy to commit third-degee burglary.

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