Driver chased into Fairfield, triggering 3-car crash, may have been on drugs
Updated 3:32 pm, Wednesday, August 26, 2015
A Hartford woman who led Trumbull police on a pursuit Tuesday that ended in a three-car crash on Congress Street in Fairfield, allegedly told police she may have been high on crack at the time.
Blessing Smith, 23, was a suspect in a shoplifting incident at the Trumbull Mall, and when Trumbull police arrived at the mall, Smith refused to get out of her car, according to the report. Instead, she opened her car door and threw the vehicle into reverse. The door struck the hand of Trumbull Office Theresa Massa, police said.
Smith fled the scene, while Massa was taken to an area hospital for treatment of the injury to her hand, according to the report.
Meahwhile, Smith drove into Fairfield, first down Jefferson Street and then Easton Turnpike before turning left onto Congress Street, followed by Trumbull police. When a Trumbull officer passed the Morehouse Highway intersection, he saw a car that that been struck by Smith rotating onto its roof in the driveway of 1301 Congress St. Smith was getting out of her Honda, after striking the home’s detached garage, and was taken into custody by Trumbull police.
The 62-year-old driver of the car that overturned was hit from behind by Smith. He was driving west on Congress, heading home, when he told police he heard the sound of a car horn as he passed the Morehouse Highway intersection. The horn was from Smith’s Honda, which the report said was traveling behind him at a high rate of speed.
He described Smith’s car as a “missile” coming at him, and when it struck his car’s rear bumper, it slid across Congress, through some shrubs and over a stone wall before the car overturned and came to rest on its roof.
The third driver in the collision, a 58-year-old, was heading home and traveling east on Congress Street when he saw Smith’s Honda rear end the other car. As the second car was sliding across Congress Street, he told police he hit the brakes in his car but could not avoid the collision. He and his passenger were not injured, according to the report.
In Smith’s car, police said they found an assortment of new clothing with sales tags still attached. She told Fairfield officers she arrived at the shopping mall with a friend, but could not remember the friend’s name. She also said she had put something, possibly crack cocaine, in a cigarette and smoked it, according to the report.
Smith told police she remembered mall security personnel asking her to stop and speak with them, and then allegedly said she knew she was “wasted” and in no condition to drive.
According to police, Smith was arrested in 2012 in Holyoke, Mass., for larceny and has been arrested four times in Connecticut for second-degree larceny, third-degree robbery, violation of probation, second-degree assault and breach of peace.
Fairfield police said local charges against Smith are pending. Trumbull police charged Smith with assaulting a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree larceny, possession of narcotics, reckless driving, driving without a license and possession of marijuana.
She was released after posting a $75,000 bond.