SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man has been released to a treatment program after pleading guilty to leading police on a car chase in October and breaking into a local woman’s home.
George Degrandis, 39, accepted a plea deal Friday in Bristol Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree burglary, violation of a protective order and engaging police in pursuit.
According to court officials, the deal Degrandis accepted exposes him to as many as five years in prison. If he does well in treatment, he could receive a lighter sentence.
Degrandis’ sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Southington police said Degrandis on Oct. 27 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, police said, 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.
Police said Degrandis had also entered into the same woman’s home without permission on Oct. 1 and Oct. 18.
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