SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man led police on a car chase early Friday after allegedly breaking into a local woman’s home.
George Degrandis, 39, allegedly left the Southington woman’s home and drove through New Britain before he got on the highway and was eventually nabbed in Middletown, according to police. During his arrest, he was also charged in connection with two warrants for two other incidents with the same victim.
Southington police said Degrandis early Friday went to an ex-girlfriend’s home and broke in. He fled when the woman called police. According to police, there is a protective order active that prohibits contact between Degrandis and the victim.
Degrandis, according to police, took the woman’s dog and got into a vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Southington officers spotted him driving and tried to pull him over. Police said Degrandis continued driving and got onto I-84 eastbound. The chase continued onto Route 72, where Degrandis got off the highway in New Britain.
New Britain police officers assisted in the chase, but Degrandis drove onto Route 9 south and was not stopped until Middletown, where state police used stop sticks to disable his vehicle.
Degrandis was charged with second-degree burglary, violation of a protective order, fifth-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, engaging police in pursuit, misuse of registration plates, reckless driving and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
The two warrants for Degrandis’ arrest, according to police, allege that he entered into the same woman’s home without permission on Oct. 1 and Oct. 18. Those warrants charge him with second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with a 911 call, operating a motor vehicle under suspension and two counts each of violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct.
Degrandis is being held on bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. His cases were continued.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.