Friday, December 31, 2010
A Westport police officer used a Taser to subdue and capture a fugitive early today after he led police on a car chase from Norwalk into Westport and then on I-95 to Fairfield, Norwalk police said.
It was the second time in two months that a Westport officer has used a Taser in subduing a suspect—both times in other communities—and only the second time since the town approved their purchase after much debate in October 2008.
Norwalk police identified the suspect as Cesar Fulton, 50, whose last known address is 70 Cottage St., Bridgeport.
He was charged with assault, criminal attempt, possession of narcotics and illegal manufacture, distribution, sale or prescription. He is also facing motor vehicle infractions and will appear in court on Monday.
Police said a Norwalk officer initially attempted to stop Fulton’s car when it was spotted without its lights on at about 1:30 a.m.
After a brief stop during which he tried to ram several Norwalk police cars, he took off from East Norwalk, entered Westport on Saugatuck Avenue, and got on I-95 northbound at Exit 17, police said.
Several Westport cruisers joined Norwalk and the State Police in the pursuit, according to Norwalk police.
During the chase, police dropped several “spike strips” in an attempt to stop the car. But Fulton’s vehicle continued while at least six other cars and a tractor-trailer ended up with flat tires, police said.
Fulton got off at Exit 24 in Fairfield and crashed his car into a snow bank, police said. He took off on foot, but a Westport officer, who was not identified, brought him down with a Taser, police said.
Police said Fulton, who was wanted in Florida for parole violation, had crack cocaine in his jeans. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to police. He was held without bail.
A female in Fulton’s car was cooperating with police and was not charged, police said.
Police officers went to assist the vehicles with damaged tires and arranged for tow trucks or tire changes on the roadway, according to police.
In October, Westport police Tasered a 42-year-old man in Weston who was wanted for a parole violation after he led officers on a high speed chase for more than six miles. (See WestportNow Oct. 27, 2010)
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Glad the police were able to end this safely for everyone involved.
In cases like this, does the perpetrator have to cover the costs of replacing/repairing the tires on the other vehicles if he is charged and convicted?