Police pursuit ends in Stratford, and in an arrest
FAIRFIELD — An early morning police pursuit Wednesday led to the arrest of an Ansonia man, a suspect in the theft of a snowblower from a Reid Street garage.
A Reid Street resident called police just before 5 a.m. because he saw two men, wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts, wheeling a snowblower down a neighbor’s driveway to a waiting pickup truck.
Responding officers saw a Chevrolet Silverado with a large, orange snowblower in the truck’s bed, coming out of Tuckahoe Lane. Police attempted to pull the truck over and pursued it onto Jennings Road and then Black Rock Turnpike, at speeds of about 50 mph. The truck went through the traffic circle and got on Interstate 95 northbound, where it sped up. Fairfield police cut off the pursuit at Exit 27A.
Bridgeport police picked up the chase on the Route 25 connector, when the Silverado exited at Lafayette Circle. The truck headed back to the Route 8, where State Police put down spike strips to deflate the tires. The Silverado got off at Exit 8, Penny Avenue, where Trumbull and Bridgeport police were waiting and took the driver, Josean Perez-Nieves, 36, into custody.
Fairfield police believe the second man that was with Perez-Nieves fled Reid Street on foot. They said several cars were broken into in the North Benson area that morning, and a car stolen from Thornhill Road. The owner of the stolen 2007 BMW said he had returned from the gym around 5:20 a.mand went in the house to take a shower. He discovered the car was gone about 30 minutes later. The car was unlocked, and the keys, and the man’s wallet, were inside.
Perez-Nieves, who police said was arrested in Fairfield in 2014 for breaking into cars, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, fifth-degree larceny, and interfering with an officer. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Aug. 2. Perez-Nieves lives on Woodbridge Avenue in Ansonia.