DUI Driver Led Ledyard Officers On Chase In Car With Two Missing Wheels

A Mystic man allegedly driving under the influence led police on a chase through Ledyard with two missing tires, police said.

William Charette, 19, of Hilltop Road, was charged with DUI, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Police said they received a call reporting that a driver, later determined to be Charette, was moving erratically. Officers stopped the car on Route 117, just north of Hill Street, but the driver sped off moments after stopping, police said Officers tossed stop sticks onto Route 117 in Ledyard Center and were able to deflate two of the car’s tires.

That didn’t stop Charette, police said. He continued north on Route 117, west on Route 2 and then south on Route 12.

“Officers could see that the rubber on two of [Charette’s] car tires were gone and the car was just driving on rims,” police said.

Charette “became increasingly reckless, passing cars and driving in the oncoming lane.”

At Route 12, near Stonybrook Road in the Gales Ferry section of town, Charrette struck a police car, spun out and stopped only after striking a metal guardrail, police said.

Charette suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released, police said.

He is due in Superior Court in New London on Nov. 29.

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