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Juvenile faces charges after fleeing from police, crashing car

March 1, 2018

BETHEL — A juvenile faces charges after they fled from police in a car, crashed and fled on foot early Wednesday morning.

Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Bethel police saw a car on Chestnut Street that had a loud exhaust, a news release said. As the police cruiser approached the car, the driver accelerated and fled.

The car was located soon after in the area of Taylor Avenue and South Street, police said. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the car after it was seen driving on the wrong side of the road.

“As the ... officer approached the now stopped vehicle, it quickly accelerated and fled the (traffic) stop,” police said.

The officer noticed the car’s direction and path of travel and was able to find it on Route 53 near the Danbury town line. The car had crashed prior to officers arriving at the scene, police said.

The car occupants got out and fled on foot, police said, and an officer unsuccessfully tried to apprehend them in the Timber Oaks community. Police did not disclose how many people were in the time.

Danbury police and Connecticut State Police responded to the area to help Bethel police. A K9 unit also assisted in locating the people that fled.

“After continued investigation, the fleeing driver was identified and subsequently located in a nearby residence where he was taken into custody,” police said.

The juvenile’s age and charges were not immediately provided by police. It was unclear if the other occupants in the car were located or face charges.

The juvenile driver was also the subject of an active take-into-custody order related to a previous incident, police said, and was transported to a holding facility pursuant to that order.

Police said there were no known injuries as a result of the crash.