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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bridgeport to Norwalk Car Chase Ends in Westport

UPDATE A 19-year-old Branford man led police on a multi-town high speed car chase early today, including a wrong way I-95 ride, that ended on Westport’s Post Road West.

No one was injured in the chase that came to a halt near Kings Highway South at about 2:50 a.m. The chase ended when the car ran over “stop sticks” laid down by a Fairfield officer which punctured several of its tires.

The male driver, later identified as Douglas Yamada, initially was spotted by state police in Fairfield shortly after 2 a.m. He then crossed into Bridgeport before heading south on I-95. He apparently was wanted on motor vehicle charges.

In Norwalk, he did a U-turn on I-95 and headed north in the southbound lanes, eventually getting off at Exit 18 in Westport. Police chased him through Westport along the Post Road back into Norwalk.

After getting off the Post Road at Strawberry Hill Avenue and passing Norwalk High School, the driver returned to the Post Road heading toward Westport.

It was at Sylvan Road in Westport that the Fairfield officer managed to put down the “stop sticks” and the driver was taken into custody a short distance away at Kings Highway South.

The driver was transferred to Fairfield police custody.

Yamada was charged with attempted first-degree assault, engaging police in a pursuit, assault on a public safety officer, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and a number of motor vehicle violations.

He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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Posted 12/30/08 at 08:19 AM  Permalink



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