HARTFORD – A Plainville man and two juveniles were taken into custody early this morning after they allegedly led state police on a chase through several towns that included ramming a cruiser, authorities said.
James Brown, 18, of 5 Kent St., Plainville, was one of three people riding in a car stolen out of Cromwell that was spotted by a state trooper in Hartford at about 2:41 a.m. The Acura, driven by a 17-year-old, was the suspect vehicle in a rash of car break-ins in Simsbury, state police said.
A state trooper tried to pull the car over on Route 91 in Hartford but the vehicle refused to stop, state police said. “The Acura initiated a pursuit” with the trooper, state police said. State troopers chased the car onto Route 9 southbound where the vehicle got off at exit 19 but got back on at the same exit and began heading northbound to Route 372. A trooper was able to deploy stop sticks on Route 9 northbound to get the car to slow down, state police said.
The Acura rammed a cruiser on Route 372 and Willow Brook Road in Cromwell, troopers said. The three were taken into custody when the pursuit ended, state police said.
Brown initially gave police someone else’s name when he was arrested, troopers said. He was charged with second-degree larceny, criminal impersonation, and interfering with police. A 16-year-old in the car was charged with second-degree larceny and the 17-year-old driver was charged with reckless driving, disobeying an officer’s signal, engaging police in pursuit, risk of injury to a child, second-degree larceny, third-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.
The two juveniles will appear in court next week. Brown was scheduled for arraignment today.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.