MERIDEN — A man wanted for attempted murder in Vermont was arrested by local police on Friday and charged with stealing a car from a gas station.
Matthew Champagne, 19, no address listed, was charged with second-degree larceny, interfering with police, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit and operating without a license.
On Friday around 5 p.m. a Mercedes C300 was reported stolen from a local gas station, police said. Officer Raeshaun Finney saw the car in the area of Pratt and Center streets. The suspect, later identified as Champagne, stopped the car, fled on foot and was chased by Finney, who caught Champagne and took him into custody.
Police learned a short time later that Champagne is wanted in Vermont on attempted murder charges.
Champagne was held on $50,000 bond. A law enforcement agency in Vermont will be making plans to return Champagne to that jurisdiction. His court date information was not immediately available.
“This is just another case of outstanding police work and thanks to the exceptional effort of Officer Finney, another dangerous felon has been removed from our community,” police said in a statement Monday.