ENFIELD – A New Britain man reported the car he and a companion were fleeing state troopers in as stolen as they led officers on a two-state chase early today, police said.
Hector Arocho, 37, of New Britain, was calling New Britain police while he was in a passenger in a car driven by Alfredo Claudio, 42, of Hartford, as the two were attempting to avoid being pulled over by troopers, police said. Arocho reported the gold Nissan Altima stolen just after Claudio had engaged troopers in a pursuit in Somers, Connecticut at about 1:38 a.m., police said.
The incident started in Somers a few minutes before when a trooper saw the car traveling east on Route 190 cross the double yellow line. Claudio took off as the trooper turned on his lights and siren, police said. The chase went to the town line of Stafford where troopers backed off because they had the car’s registration with owner information, police said.
A short time later, a different trooper spotted the same vehicle speeding west on Route 190. At that point troopers learned that the car was being reported stolen out of New Britain. This time the chase continued into Somers and on several back roads leading to East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The pair led police on a chase through East Longmeadow and Springfield, were officers lost the vehicle and then picked back up on the pursuit when Massachusetts State Police saw the car on I-91. As the car headed back into Connecticut, troopers from Hartford Troop H tried to stop the vehicle with stop sticks but the Altima went around them, police said.
The car got off the highway in Enfield and was chased by Enfield police until troopers rejoined the pursuit and boxed them in. Two state police cruisers were damaged as the car rammed the officer’s vehicles while they were trying to box the Altima in, police said.
Arocho and Claudio fled on foot but were caught a short while later. Troopers used a Taser on Arocho who refused to comply, police said.
A loaded “.38 Special” revolver, oxycodone pills and fentanyl were found in the car. Arocho was charged with interfering with police and criminal attempt to falsely report an incident. Claudio was arrested on several charges including attempted second-degree assault with a vehicle, weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of narcotics and engaging police in pursuit.
Both were scheduled to be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court today.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.