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Bridgeport man faces slew of charges after vehicle, foot pursuits

November 12, 2017 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — A city man faces several charges after police said he led officers on a vehicle pursuit and then fled from officers on foot when he crashed his car.

Elvin Vega-Lopez, 28, of Bridgeport was charged with engaging police in a pursuit, operating a vehicle under suspension, no front plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates and insufficient insurance, an incident report from police said. For those charges, he was held on a $20,000 bond.

He also faced several criminal charges. The incident report said Vega-Lopez was held on a $25,000 bond for the following charges: possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, interfering with police and failure to keep narcotics in its original container.

He was also charged with simple trespass and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, the incident report said.

On Oct. 24, shortly before 11:30 a.m., an officer attempted to pull over a car on Palaski Street for driving without a front registration plate, the incident report said. But instead of pulling over when the officer activated his sirens and overhead lights, the driver — later identified as Vega-Lopez — sped away.

The report said Vega-Lopez fled in his car on East Main Street and circled the block before he attempted to pull into the driveway of a business and apartment complex in the 600 block of East Main Street.

As he tried to pull into the driveway, the report said he struck a cement pillar on the side of the driveway entrance. After Vega-Lopez hit the cement pillar, he jumped out of the car and fled on foot. As he fled, he hopped over a nearby chain-link fence.

Several officers began to canvass the area and eventually he surrendered to the officer that was chasing him on foot and was placed under arrest. Prior to that, the report said he “wiped out” on the gravel in front of an apartment building in the 600 block of Pembroke Street and ran inside in an attempt to evade the officer chasing him.

Police called for an ambulance to transport him to the hospital for injuries he sustained when he jumped over the fence and fell outside the apartment building. The report said he suffered injuries to his left knee, hand, stomach and right elbow.

When Vega-Lopez was arrested, the report said he was found to be in possession of three oxycodone pills, $487 in cash and one clear bag containing what was later confirmed to be marijuana.