NEW BRITAIN - A city man is accused of using his car to harass and intimidate a woman who drove to the police station to escape his hazardous driving Friday.
Darian Vongsalasinh, 19, of 154 Kelsey St., second floor, allegedly was waiting for the woman when she left her home Friday at around 8 a.m., police said.
The woman, who previously had a domestic relationship with Vongsalasinh, realized she was being followed and tried to lose him in traffic, Capt. Thomas Steck said. Vongsalasinh came within 12 inches of her car at times, Steck said.
She called a family member, who she asked to call police, and was told by dispatchers to drive to the police station, with Vongsalasinh still in pursuit.
Dispatchers gave her directions and alerted officers that the woman, with Vongsalasinh in tow, was headed for the police station. A sergeant and a detective spotted his car at a light at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets at about 9 a.m. and confronted him, Steck said. Since his car windows were tinted, the officers couldn’t see inside. They became concerned when Vongsalasinh put one hand outside the car but could be seen reaching for something with the other hand.
Both officers pulled out their guns and Vongsalasihn took off, leading a third officer on a chase down Franklin Square and onto Pearl Street, where he was driving in the oncoming lane, police said. The pursuit was broken off at that point and Vongsalasinh fled, Steck said. He was later taken into custody as he was walking on a city street.
Vongsalasinh was charged with interfering with police, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree stalking, engaging police in pursuit, a traffic control signal violation, reckless driving, passing in a no passing zone and illegal operation of a motor vehicle with intent to harass or intimidate.
He was held on $20,000 bond after his arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Friday.
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