Man fleeing police in Hartford caught after crashing car

HARTFORD, CT – Hartford Police made an arrest after a high-speed chase this morning.  On Saturday, at approximately 7:10am, a Hartford officer was observing traffic on W Sumner St. The officer observed a vehicle approaching his location, heading west on W Sumner St, at a high rate of speed. The officer pulled out to follow the vehicle and noticed the vehicle increase its speed.

The officer activated the marked squad’s emergency lights and siren in an attempt to perform a traffic stop of the speeding vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop for the officer and a pursuit ensued. While continuing to travel westbound, the fleeing driver nearly struck another vehicle, endangering the other driver, and causing the fleeing driver to swerve into the shoulder/ditch and back onto the roadway.

The fleeing driver continued to attempt to elude the officer by driving through driveways and parking lots of area businesses, finally ending up on the roadway once more. The fleeing driver continued at a high rate of speed northbound on Goodland Road with the officer still in pursuit. As the fleeing driver approached the crossroad of Constitution Ave., the vehicle was involved in a two-vehicle crash.

The driver of the victim vehicle suffered only minor injuries and was released from the scene. The offender vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and, after being taken into custody, was transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.It is unknown, at this time, the reason the offender, a 28-year-old Hartford man, fled from police, however, an impairment may be a factor. This case remains under investigation by the Hartford Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Police did not release the name of the suspect.