3 arrested after wrong-way pursuit on I-95
Updated 6:33 am, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
WESTPORT - Three people have been arrested after allegedly stealing items from a Westport pharmacy and leading police on a wrong-way chase on I-95.
Westport police say the incident began around 2 a.m. Saturday when officers were dispatched to a report of a larceny from a local pharmacy.
A description of the two male and one female suspects and their vehicle were provided to officers on patrol.
“Minutes earlier, an officer had observed a van matching that description exit the pharmacy parking lot. Another officer spotted the vehicle on Riverside Avenue in the area of Lincoln Street and attempted to stop the vehicle,” Westport police said in a release late Monday.
“The vehicle would not pull over and stop for officers, who pursued it to the entrance ramp of I-95. The vehicle entered the entrance ramp of Exit 17 traveling in the wrong direction, at which time the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was then observed driving over the grass area and continuing southbound on I-95 south.”
A Westport officer followed the vehicle at a safe distance and saw the vehicle leave the highway in Norwalk before reentering I-95 and then traveling northbound.
That was when State Police began pursuing the vehicle as it traveled northbound.
“With the assistance of Fairfield police, the vehicle was stopped on I-95, in the area of Exit 24,” Westport police said.
The registration plate on the van was found to belong on a different vehicle.
The driver and and one occupant were arrested at the scene and turned over to Westport officers.
One of the suspects, later identified as Calvin Smith, fled the vehicle and dropped a bag of stolen pharmacy merchandise as he did so.
Smith was later located by Fairfield police and detained for Westport officers.
The driver of the car was identified as Amanda Belcher, 34, of Bridgeport. Belcher was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. She was also charged with disobeying the signal of an officer, reckless driving, insurance coverage fails to meet minimum requirements, misuse of plate/license/registration and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Belcher was held on $15,000 bond.
Smith, 43, of no formal address, was identified as the male suspect inside the store. Smith was charged with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree lartceny. Smith was unable to post his $10,000 bond.
Komar Style, 35, of Bridgeport, was charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Dec. 5