Fairfield woman charged after chase, ramming Bethel cop car
Published 12:11 pm, Thursday, February 2, 2012
A Fairfield woman faces drug and traffic charges after leading police on a brief chase through Bethel on Wednesday that ended when she rammed her car into a police cruiser, Bethel police said.
Tyler Lyons, 33, of Warner Hill Road in the town's Southport section, was arrested at the scene of the crash and released after posting $5,000 bail, police said. Her preliminary court date in Danbury Superior Court was set for Feb. 10.
As Lyons was being taken into police custody, officers say an unidentified man riding in the car with her leapt from the vehicle and took off on foot. Police have applied for a warrant for his arrest.
It was unclear what prompted the car chase, which ended at the intersection of Mansfield Street and Fleetwood Avenue when Lyons ran into the back of a squad car, according to a Bethel police press release.
During the chase, Lyons failed to stop at several stop signs and a stop light, and drove past a school bus that had just let off a group of children, the release said.
She was charged with reckless driving, failure to obey a control signal, failure to obey a stop sign, passing a school bus while it was stopped and engaging police in pursuit, police said.
Lyons was also charged with failure to keep narcotics in their original container after police said they found prescription drugs in the car.