Stolen car crashed into trees on Tomac Ave.: cops
GREENWICH — A car that sped through the streets of Old Greenwich and Riverside early Tuesday morning — with police in hot pursuit — had been stolen from the Bradley International Airport outside Hartford.
The suspect in the theft of the vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Maxima, and the subsequent police chase over the streets of Greenwich, has put Deria Mohamud behind bars. A convicted felon from Farmington with a lengthy history of arrests, Mohamud has been unable to post the $50,000 bail for his latest criminal charges, and he remains in state custody.
Police said Mohamud apparently had something to hide when he drove on Chapel Lane and Riverside Avenue at 3 a.m. Police said the suspected auto thief drove past a marked patrol car, then hit the gas. “When he saw the police, he took off,” said police Lt. John Slusarz. “He brought the attention of police on himself.”
Other patrol cars joined a pursuit, and a short time later, Mohamud drove off the road at Tomac Avenue in Old Greenwich. His vehicle landed in a thicket of small trees, and Mohamud was unable to exit from the driver’s side by a tree. The alleged car thief, who has previously been charged for resisting arrest, had few options. Police nabbed him when he came out the passenger side, Slusarz said.
“He couldn’t explain why he was in Greenwich at 3 o’clock in the morning,” the police spokesman said, but it appeared he had criminal intentions in mind. “He has an arrest record,” the lieutenant said.
The car will be processed by State Police for evidence. Police said Mohamud was in possession of a wallet taken from the owner of the vehicle.
He was charged with two counts of larceny, reckless driving, engaging in a police pursuit and driving with a suspended license. Mohamud is due in court March 5 and has not entered a plea.
Mohamud has been arrested on criminal charges in Bristol, Hamden, Old Saybrook, Norwich, Southington, Farmington and Madison, according to judicial records, and done time in prison on range of offenses since 2012.