SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman is facing charges for allegedly leading state police on a dangerous car chase.
Beatriz Campos, 20, has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with police, engaging police in pursuit, operating without a license and speeding.
According to the arrest warrant, a state police trooper on Oct. 12 at about 10:57 a.m., clocked a vehicle speed by him at 82 mph. The trooper was on the eastbound side of Interstate 84, in the area of Exit 32, where the speed limit is 55 mph.
The trooper then followed the vehicle, now identified as a BMW 328xi with a temporary registration plate. Once the trooper caught up to the BMW, it moved into the right lane and rapidly reduced its speed, police wrote in the warrant.
The trooper then activated his lights and sirens, and the vehicle pulled over near Exit 33. Once the trooper got out of his vehicle and started walking toward the BMW, the suspect took off quickly.
The trooper ran back to his vehicle to pursue the suspect, who used the Exit 33 off-ramp to get off I-84. While on the off-ramp, the BMW accelerated around a sharp corner and continued toward Route 72, the warrant said.
The trooper decided to end the pursuit because of the dangerous behavior displayed by the BMW driver, he wrote in the warrant.
During the investigation, state police were able to trace the vehicle’s temporary registration plate to a Naugatuck woman, who said she frequently allowed her friend, Campos, to use the vehicle. The friend contacted Campos about the incident, and Campos called state police later in the day to set up an interview at her home.
During the interview, the warrant said, Campos told police after attending class at the Waterbury Adult Education Center that day she went to buy marijuana from a drug dealer she knows as “Musky.” During the purchase, she said, Musky convinced her to let him use the BMW.
Campos, who did not have a valid driver’s license, told state police Musky took the vehicle and never returned it. The next day, she called state police to say that Musky had sent her a text message in which he apologized for not returning the car and said it was in a parking lot in New Britain. The vehicle was recovered.
State police wrote in the warrant that Campos lied about what time she had left school the day of the incident, and that the text message she said she received from Musky was done through an app that allows users to text using a randomly generated phone number. Further, state police said, the street name Musky was submitted to a number of law enforcement agencies, including Waterbury police, the Connecticut Intelligence Center and the Department of Correction gang unit, and no results were found. This led troopers to believe the street name was made up.
Campos was charged in the case last month. She is free on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 21.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.