Suspect Leads Norwalk Police On I-95 Dump Truck Chase Through Greenwich

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Norwalk police followed a man into Rye, N.Y., early Monday morning after he nearly ran over an officer during a traffic stop, according to police reports.
Norwalk police followed a man into Rye, N.Y., early Monday morning after he nearly ran over an officer during a traffic stop, according to police reports. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man was arrested after leading police on a chase in a dump truck on city streets and onto I-95 that ended early Monday in Rye, N.Y., according to police reports.

Officers on patrol in South Norwalk witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction between a known drug sales suspect and the driver of a dump truck on South Main Street near Grove Street at about 2 a.m. Monday, police said. The truck had been parked illegally during the transaction, so police performed a traffic stop on South Main, according to the police report.

The driver stopped for the marked police car, but as an officer approached his window, he drove away, nearly striking the officer, police said. Police then followed him through Norwalk to Rowayton and eventually Darien, where he got onto Interstate 95 South, police said.

Officers continued to follow the truck, at speeds no faster than 50 mph, according to police reports. The driver avoided a spike strip on the highway near Exit 5 in Greenwich and briefly got off the highway in Greenwich, police said.

He eventually stopped near Exit 19 in Rye, N.Y., where he was arrested after a struggle with officers, according to the police report. No drugs were found on the scene, police said.

The driver, William Garcia, 37 of Fairfield Avenue, was charged with engaging police in pursuit, attempted assault on a police officer, reckless driving, interfering with police, failure to stop for a stop sign and improper parking. His bond was set at $25,000, and he is due in court on Dec. 27.

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Gee, do you think that he may have "dumped" them somewhere along the way? I can't see the reason for him running, unless he was illegal, operating without a license, or holding. Plenty of charges to keep his lawyer or public defender busy.

Barnstorm
Gee
Did you ever think this was yet another bad stop by the NPD. The act of him running does not prove guilt or innocence. However the fact that no drugs were found proves this was yet another bad stop by the NPD

I agree GTR...No drugs = Bad stop.. Pretty simple

Not only was this chase reckless on the part of the Norwalk Police department
It was also a bad stop as no drugs were found.