GREENWICH, Conn. -- A 17-year-old suspect in an early-morning police pursuit early Friday was found hiding in a rock outcrop in Greenwich hours after he and another suspect had initially escaped officers and engaged police in a series of chases all morning, police said.
The suspect — an underage male resident of Stamford — was charged as a juvenile with first-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover and interfering with an officer. Criminal trover is taking someone else's property when not licensed or authorized to do so and then damaging the property.
The second suspect remained at large, police said.
The incident began at 3:30 a.m. when a Greenwich officer on patrol on Hamilton Avenue saw a 2014 Audi A4 traveling without its headlights illuminated, police said. The driver immediately engaged the officer in pursuit, police said.
Unbeknownst to the officer at the time, the car had been reported stolen a week ago in Stamford, police said. But the stolen Audi quickly lost the first pursuing officer, police said.
As other officers cordoned off avenues of escape, the vehicle was spotted by a second Greenwich officer in Cos Cob, police said. As it exited I-95, the stolen vehicle sideswiped a police unit, police said. The officer was not injured.
When a third officer spotted the vehicle a short distance away in central Greenwich, the driver turned off the headlights and sped off, police said. The officer followed and found the vehicle crashed on Museum Drive at Indian Harbor Drive with at least two suspects fleeing on foot, police said. A fourth officer suffered a minor injury to his lower leg during a foot chase, police said.
An area resident reported that their Range Rover, with the keys inside, was stolen, police said.
A fifth officer spotted the stolen vehicle as it entered I-95 northbound and sped off, police said. The pursuing officer broke off the chase due to congested roadway conditions and reckless driving by the suspect, police said.
Officers continued to search on foot, calling in the Greenwich and Fairfield K-9 units as well as a state trooper from Troop G.
As dawn approached, a resident reported a disheveled young male was talking on a cellphone next to his house, police said. Several officers flooded the area, and the suspect was located hiding within a rock outcropping.
The suspect was transported to the hospital as a precaution. He was treated and released from the hospital.