WESTPORT - A Bridgeport woman was arrested early Monday morning after crashing her car and fleeing police.
In the rear of the disabled and abandoned car, police found a large amount of mail stolen from multiple Westport addresses.
According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the incident began at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday when an officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Post Road East without a rear marker light and no rear registration plate. He attempted to follow the vehicle for a short distance before it eluded him at a high rate of speed.
While attempting to flee the officer, the vehicle struck the flower bed median at the intersection of Long Lots Road and Morningside Drive North, causing heavy property damage. The vehicle was located, unoccupied, behind a building on Morningside Drive North. The car appeared disabled due to damage and was still warm to the touch.
A vehicle registration plate belonging to Daisha Haynes, 20, of Bridgeport, was observed in the rear of the vehicle along with a large amount of mail from multiple Westport addresses, Cabana said in a release.
Shortly thereafter, another officer observed a suspicious vehicle traveling in the area with four occupants. He followed the vehicle for a distance and was able to detect an odor of marijuana emanating from the car. He initiated a motor vehicle stop in the area of Greens Farms Road and Wake Robin Road.
Officers observed one male and one female passenger had grass stains and dirt on their clothing. They learned the driver of the vehicle picked up those two occupants in front of Shake Shack on Post Road East.
The female passenger was identified as Haynes and the driver of the crashed motor vehicle.
The male passenger was identified as Jovan Boyd, 27, of Bridgeport, the passenger of the crashed motor vehicle.
Investigating officers learned Daisha Haynes had been stealing mail from various Westport addresses to secure cash or checks to later deposit.
Haynes later crashed her vehicle and the two fled from the scene, before calling for a ride. Haynes was also found to be in possession of multiple credit cards belonging to other people, Cabana said.
Boyd and Haynes were taken into custody and transported to headquarters for processing.
Boyd was charged with interfering with an officer: non-assaultive. He was released after posting $1,500 bond and was transported to Norwalk Court for arraignment.
Haynes was charged with evading responsibility, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer: non-assaultive, conspiracy to commit larceny and credit card theft.
She was released after posting $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Oct. 15