Waterbury woman, charged in Southington police chase, expected to face probation violation

Published on Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:30
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman, accused of leading state police on a dangerous car chase in Southington, is expected to be charged with violating her probation.

Beatriz Campos, 20, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said he requested that her probation be violated after her arrest in December. She was placed on probation in October, after being convicted of third-degree assault.

Campos’ attorney, Elisa Villa, confirmed on Thursday that there is a probation violation warrant being written for her arrest.

According to the arrest warrant in the police chase, 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, a BMW 328xi, which pulled over when he turned on his lights and sirens, according to the warrant. 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 not to pursue the vehicle because of the dangers of a police pursuit, 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. During an interview with Campos, the warrant said, she told police she had not been driving the vehicle, as she allowed a drug dealer named Musky to use it.

The street name Musky was then 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, who is free on $5,000 bond, was later charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with police, engaging police in pursuit, operating without a license and speeding.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:30. Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:32.