NEW BRITAIN - Two juveniles were arrested by state police Thursday after a Hartford man called 911 to report he had asked them for a ride and the vehicle with him inside was being chased by Hartford police.
The two male 17-year-olds from New Britain had agreed to give the 23-year-old Hartford man a ride at around 2 a.m.
What the Hartford man didn’t know was that the car the teens were driving had been reported stolen from New Britain, state police said.
While the teens were giving the Hartford man a lift, Hartford police spotted the car on Interstate 84 and realized it had been reported stolen.
Hartford police started pursuing the 2013 Hyundai Sonata on I-84 west to Route 9 south into New Britain.
While the chase was underway, the Hartford man called 911 and spoke to dispatchers in Hartford and New Britain, making them aware that the teens were refusing to stop even though he had asked to be let out of the car, police said.
The man didn’t know that the car was stolen when he asked for the ride, state police said.
Hartford officers broke off the chase in New Britain. City officers found the car and were able to identify the passenger who had called 911.
The two teens had fled on foot, but were found by state troopers with a dog a short distance away, police said.
The teens were charged by state police with first-degree larceny and interfering with police. Both were scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on May 9.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.