A would-be burglar from Fairfield, confronted Thursday afternoon by a Westport homeowner, fled the scene and tried to ram a police cruiser to avoid capture, but was later apprehended off Interstate 95 in Stratford after a multi-town chase, police said.

The incident was reported to police about 4:45 p.m. Thursday by a Westport resident who said that, upon returning home, had found an unknown intruder in the house. The man left the house without incident, according to the report, and based on a description provided by the homeowner, was spotted driving a black pickup truck at a high rate of speed on the Sherwood Island Connector.

The man — later identified as Kenneth E. Nichols, 50, whose last known addresses was Arbor Drive in Fairfield — tried to ram one of the police cruisers before heading onto I-95 northbound, police said, with Westport officers in pursuit.

However, Westport officers broke off the chase after losing sight of Nichols on the highway. State Police, however, were alerted and later spotted the suspect heading north.

With assistance from Bridgeport and Stratford police, Nichols was pursued into Stratford, where he was captured in the area of Cambridge Street when he tried to flee on foot after bailing from the pickup, according to the report.

Nichols was taken into custody and returned to Westport, where was charged with a series of offenses, including: second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, reckless endangerment, criminal attempt at second-degree assault, engaging police in pursuit and reckless driving.

Bond was set at $50,000 and Nichols is scheduled to appear Jan. 11 at state Superior Court in Norwalk.