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Police Chase Fleeing Robbery Suspect Up Connecticut Coast

An East Haven robbery suspect was arrested Monday night after a high-speed chase through more than a half-dozen towns along the Connecticut coastline, state police said.

No one was injured. Troopers and a town police officer were able stop George Lopez, 23, of East Haven by puncturing three tires of the 2012 Lincoln MKZ — which was stolen, police said.

The stolen car had crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in it, police said.

According to the state police, about 5:30 p.m. Monday, troopers were told New Haven officers were chasing a stolen car driven by a suspect in an armed robbery. The fleeing car was headed north on I-95, near Exit 56 in Branford.

A trooper went to Exit 63 in Clinton and saw the stolen car speed by, caught up to the Lincoln and chased it, state police said.

At Exit 67, an officer from Old Saybrook threw stop sticks onto the highway from the off ramp, which caused the Lincoln’s left rear tire to lose air, state police said.

The chase continued on I-95 until the Lincoln got off the highway at Exit 70 in Old Lyme. A trooper at the intersection of Four Mile River Road and Route 156 threw more stop sticks into the road, deflating two passenger-side tires, state police said.

The car continued east on Route 156 into East Lyme, where it eventually came to a stop because of what the police called its “mutilated tires.”

East Lyme is about 40 miles from New Haven.

Lopez was charged with second-degree larceny by possession, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit and interfering with police, state police said.

More charges are expected from other departments.

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