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High Speed I-95 Chase Ends in Westport

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John Belbusti: held on $50,000 bond. State Police photo

UPDATE State police early today pursued a driver high on crack for 25.4 miles in a high speed chase southbound on I-95 that ended near Exit 17 in Westport, police said.

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A Connecticut Department of Transportation camera took this image during the pursuit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CDOT photo

Three times police deployed stop sticks, which puncture tires, to slow and eventually stop the car, police said.

After the car hit sticks near Exit 18, a trooper said all four tires were punctured and sparks were flying as the car slowed as it reached Exit 17.

When the 26-minute chase from New Haven ended, police arrested John P. Belbusti, 34, of North Haven for operating under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and the possession of bags of crack cocaine with the intent to sell.

Held on a $50,000 bond, Belbusti is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Monday, Feb. 1.

According to the State Police at Troop G in Bridgeport, the pursuit began near Exit 8 of I-91 in New Haven when the suspect took off after an officer initiated a stop upon learning that the plate on the green Chevrolet belonged to a black Ford pickup truck.

Speeds in the chase at times exceeded 70 miles per hour in light traffic, and drivers caught behind said in tweets they were stopped in traffic, one saying “behind like 15 cop cars.”

Police attempted to stop the vehicle on the Moses Wheeler Bridge over the Housatonic River between Stratford and Milford, but Belbusti kept going until being halted in Westport by stop sticks that punctured the vehicle’s tires.

Belbusti was taken into custody without incident, the report said, and he failed a field sobriety test, admitting that he had been smoking crack cocaine.

Police called for a tow truck to remove the car from the highway.

In a Facebook posting on the Troop G page, troopers said.” This incident was successful due to the teamwork and response of several CSP units, DOT camera operators and CSP Supervisors. Coordinating a safe conclusion like this is our priority. Great job by all those involved.”

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