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Pursuit of stolen vehicle in Wallingford leads to crash, three arrests

Pursuit of stolen vehicle in Wallingford leads to crash, three arrests

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WALLINGFORD — Three people, including two juveniles, were arrested early Tuesday morning after crashing while attempting to get onto Route 15 to avoid police officers trying to stop them for driving a stolen vehicle.

Quentin Johnson, 18, of 90 East St., Hartford, was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, interfering with police and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. Two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, were issued juvenile summons for similar charges.

The pursuit began after an officer on patrol checked the registration of a Ford Escape while stopped around 2:45 a.m. at a traffic light on Washington Street at Quinnipiac Street, according to police.

The officer noticed the car, carrying three occupants, was reported stolen and began following, then attempted a motor vehicle stop when a second cruiser had reached the scene to provide support, police said.

According to the arrest report, the driver of the vehicle began fleeing from the officers, making several turns and driving on the wrong side of the road numerous times, the report said. The driver turned onto Hall Avenue and tried to turn left onto the Route 15 north entrance ramp, but crashed into a concrete wall, the report said. 

The report said one of the officers saw two males exit the car and begin running, while the third, 15, stopped and put his hands in the air. 

While police were searching for the other two passengers, who ran down River Road, a resident on Lily Lane reported seeing two males walking along the road who may have come from the stolen vehicle, according to the report. 

According to the report, police were able to locate the two suspects, identified as Johnson and the 17-year-old, and used dash camera footage to confirm they were the individuals who fled from the stolen vehicle. 

The vehicle was towed from the scene and police noted finding a small amount of marijuana in a bag on the ground below the vehicle. 

Johnson was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to statements in court he has no adult record. The judge released him on a promise to appear in court with the conditon he complies with a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. He is due back in court on May 29.
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