Talking on cell phone leads to pursuit, ends in arrest
FAIRFIELD — Police said a convicted felon was talking on his cell phone when he drove by a patrol car just before noon on Monday.
When the officer tried to pull over Eric Prendergast’s Nissan on Pease Avenue, he drove down Kings Highway West and then onto Taylor Place, where he pulled over. As the police officer approached the car, however, Prendergast sped off down Taylor Place and around the cul-de-sac before heading back out toward Kings Highway West and Pease Avenue. According to police, at that point Prendergast was driving on the wrong side of the road and clipped the patrol car. At the intersection of Pease and the Post Road, Prendergast almost collided with another car and then got onto Interstate 95.
Police followed in pursuit and Prendergast was stopped just south of Exit 23, but despite repeated commands, refused to get out of the car. Prendergast was eventually taken into custody.
According to the report, he is a convicted felon for firearms trafficking and drug sales and is currently on parole.
Prendergast, 27, of Success Village in Bridgeport, was charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, evading responsibility, operating a vehicle with a handheld phone, and interfering with an officer. His bond was set at $15,000 and he was remanded to custody on an order from his parole officer. He was scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Tuesday.