Fairfield Man charged in July police pursuit
Updated 2:50 pm, Monday, August 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD — A man who in July led police on a pursuit, ignoring stop signs and red lights, was arrested on a warrant Friday night.
Allen B. Freedman, 66, of Fairland Drive, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, improper passing, failure to drive in the proper lane, driving the wrong way, unsafe backing, failure to obey a control signal, and failure to obey a stop sign in connection with the July 10 incident. He was arrested at his home around 11 p.m. Aug. 11.
The incident began around 12:42 a.m. last month, when the officer saw a white Honda driving very slowly down Farist Road. Suspecting the car might be stolen, the officer turned his patrol vehicle around and the Honda sped off. The pursuit, at speeds of 45 to 50 mph, continued onto Black Rock Turnpike and Stillson Road, then toward Mill Plain Road and onto Brookside Drive, then onto Burr Street. After the officer got the car’s registration plate, the officer ended he pursuit.
The car owner’s address came back to Fairland Drive, where Freedman lives with his elderly mother. Police went to Fairland Drive to try and contact the owner. The lights were on at the house, but no one answered the door or the telephone.
Officers returned later that morning and spoke to Freedman who told them he was the only one who drives the car, that it was now parked at Panera Bread on Black Rock Turnpike, and refused to answer any more questions without a lawyer.
The car was located at Panera, and the property manager supplied police with surveillance video that showed a man resembling Freedman parking the car there.
Freedman was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Aug. 18.