WESTPORT - Two police officers were injured Wednesday morning after a high-speed pursuit that ended when the vehicle chased crashed near the Saugatuck River.
The vehicle being pursued was driven by a Bridgeport man identified as 44-year-old Tracy Edward.
Edward has been released from Norwalk Hospital and charged with sixth-degree larceny, engaging in pursuit, possession of hallucinogen, reckless driving, evading responsibility of motor vehicle crash, operating a motor vehicle under suspension, and two counts of assault on an officer.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
“The vehicle was traveling fast through the center of town so the pursuit was terminated as it was too dangerous,” said Lt. David Farrell.
The incident began around 9:30 a.m. when police were sent to OptiCare at 877 Post Road East, to check the welfare of a male, who was in the store and appeared disoriented.
“While on route, officers learned the male had stolen a pair of glasses and left the store,” Farrell said. “As officers arrived, the male left the scene in a gray Pontiac at a high rate of speed. Officers then pursued the vehicle westbound on Post Road East.
“A short time later, officers located the suspect vehicle on Imperial Avenue, which crashed off the road near the Saugatuck River. The suspect was seen running from the crash, and a foot chase ensued. Officers caught up with the suspect on Imperial Avenue near Baker Avenue.”
The suspect actively resisted arrest while punching and kicking the officers.
Police were able to gain control of the suspect and take him into custody.
One officer had an injury to his face and the other officer a hand injury. “The injuries appear minor at this time,” Farrell said.