NEWINGTON - A police chase that passed through Newington Monday morning caused a minor accident, local police said.
Hartford police were pursuing a stolen car when the chase entered Newington at about 7:40 a.m., Newington Chief Stephen Clark said. No Newington officers joined the pursuit but local police tried to block off intersections as the chase moved through town and onto Route 9, Clark said.
The stolen car clipped a mirror on another car at the intersection of Cedar Street and Fenn Road, Clark said.
The incident had begun in the rear of 121 Martin St. minutes before, Hartford police said. Hartford officers spotted a black 2016 Mercedes C230 with the Connecticut license plate 9AJJX1 backing into a space, Hartford Assistant Chief Rafael Medina said.
The driver appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat, Hartford police said.
When Hartford officers moved in to check on the driver, they realized that the license plate and the car had been reported stolen, Medina said.
The driver suddenly woke up, put the car in reverse, hit a fence and put the car in drive and struck a police cruiser, Medina said.
“The operator backed up the vehicle a second time, then moved forward, striking the cruiser again,” Medina said. “The operator then drove around the cruiser before striking a second cruiser.”
No one was injured, Medina said.
Hartford police then chased the Mercedes into Newington and onto Route 9 in New Britain before ending the pursuit. Hartford police are still looking for the car and the driver, Medina said.
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