Hamden police say Meriden man arrested after police chase

June 6, 2021 GMT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Meriden man was arrested Sunday after he hit a police vehicle with his car in Hamden and then led officers on a 14-mile (22-kilometer) chase to his home, police said.

Hamden police responded to a report of a driver who had passed out in his car at 4:30 a.m., Capt. Ronald Smith said in a news release.

Officers found the vehicle, which was running. As an officer tried to put the car into park, driver Donald Woodson shoved the officer out of the car and nearly hit him with it, police said.

Woodson’s car did hit a Hamden police car, Smith said. Woodson then drove to the northbound entrance to Route 15 and continued north to Meriden despite striking a curb, which flattened his left front tire, police said.

Officers pursued Woodson to his home in Meriden and arrested him there.

A loaded .40-caliber handgun with a high-capacity magazine was found on Woodson, who resisted arrest, police said.


Woodson, 37, was arrested on multiple charges including reckless endangerment, illegal gun possession and interfering with a police officer. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

The incident capped a violent night in Hamden that included two shootings, one of them fatal. A 29-year-old man was shot to death in a parking lot shortly before 2 a.m. He underwent surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. A second man was fatally shot at around 3:15 p.m., police said. No arrests have been made in either shooting.