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Police Catch Teen In New Britain After Chasing Stolen Car

A Southington convenience store burglary early Friday morning sparked a car chase on I-84 into West Hartford that ended with a crash in New Britain and the 15-year-old driver under arrest, state police said.

While the teen who drove the car was apprehended, three accomplices got away by stealing another vehicle right after the crash, police said.

Southington police put out an alert shortly before 2 a.m. that a convenience store near Exit 31 of I-84 had been burglarized. On the highway in West Hartford, state police Sgt. Paul Gunn spotted a white pickup truck that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle.

Gunn chased the truck onto Route 9, where it hit a concrete curb at the bottom of the Exit 29 ramp to New Britain. The impact blew out a tire, but the suspects kept driving at low speed on the wrong side of Ella Grasso Boulevard, according to Trooper Anthony Fasulo.

The pickup truck rammed Gunn’s patrol car, then tried to drive away. Gunn intentionally hit the pickup truck to stop it, Fasulo reported, and four people ran out.

Three of the suspects stole a car from a passerby on Stratford Road and escaped. Police caught the 15-year-old, and a tracking dog found narcotics and burglary tools.

Police charged the 15-year-old with reckless endangerment and assaulting a police officer, as well as third-degree larceny for the car theft. Police said the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado had been stolen from a condominium complex in Bristol on Dec. 2, and troopers recognized it from another police chase in the past week.

Police are still looking for the three other suspects and the green Honda Civic they stole. Troopers ask anyone with information to contact the state police barracks in Hartford at 860-534-1000.

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