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New Haven man arrested after high-speed, long-distance pursuit

December 31, 2018

A New Haven man was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday after allegedly leading state police on a high-speed chase and hitting a Guilford police vehicle.

According to state police, a trooper was conducting motor vehicle stops at Interstate 95 at exit 67 in Old Saybrook when he reportedly saw a vehicle driving at 93 to 94 miles per hour. The trooper allegedly pulled behind the vehicle and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop.

However, police said, the car — driven by Jayronn Sessions, 28, of New Haven — accelerated at a high rate of speed, engaging the trooper in pursuit. The accused reportedly continued southbound on 95, traveling between 95 and 105, using all lanes travel.

More troopers reportedly joined the pursuit, and police said stop sticks were used and successfully deflate one of Sessions’s tires. However, Sessions reportedly continued southbound, taking exit 55 and heading northbound on Route 1 in Branford. Police said Sessions then continued into Guilford, where he made a u-turn, then headed back toward Branford.

While heading toward Branford, Sessions allegedly struck a Guilford Police vehicle and came to a stop. He then reportedly got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

Eventually, a trooper — with the help of a K-9 officer, Guilford police and other state troopers — apprehended Sessions, police said. Sessions was sent to the Guilford Yale Clinic for evaluation and there were reportedly no injuries. Police said the pursuit lasted about 22 minutes and covered 29.7 miles.

Sessions was found to have four outstanding warrants with bonds totalling $80,000. He was charged with illegal operation of a motor vehicle with license under suspension, reckless driving (for operating a vehicle at more than 85 miles per hour), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to drive in the proper lane, failure to obey traffic signals, interfering with an officer and first-degree reckless endangerment.

He was held on $20,000 bond for those charges which, in combination with the outstanding warrants, brought his total bond to $100,000. Sessions is scheduled to be arraigned at Middletown Superior Court on Monday.