STAMFORD — A city man who led police on a high speed chase after allegedly trying to steal a $100 pair of slippers from Lord & Taylor on Friday had his court appearance bond held at $250,000 by a Stamford judge Tuesday.

Sitting in a wheelchair with his left arm bandaged from elbow to hand and dressed in hospital patient scrubs, Jorge Duche 29, of West Broadway, was arraigned on charges of engaging police in pursuit, second-degree robbery, assault on a police officer, reckless driving and two counts of second-degree assault.

In recounting Friday’s chase that began at Lord & Taylor, Judge Bruce Hudock said the incident involved shoplifting, fighting with police, running from police, crashing his car into a police cruiser and officers having to use a police dog to get him out of his crashed Infiniti on Second Street.

“This was a major incident,” Hudock said, before adding “allegedly.”

A bail commissioner at the hearing Tuesday morning at the Stamford courthouse said Duche had a criminal record stretching back to 2006 and his convictions include violations of probation, breach of peace, driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

While Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Weiss asked Hudock to keep Duche’s bond at $250,000, his attorney, Audrey Felson, asked that it be lowered to $200,000 so he could get the care he needed.

Sitting quietly in his wheelchair, Duche did not say anything to the judge.

Felson said she has represented Duche in the past and he never had any trouble showing up to court. In fact, she said Duche’s parents were very much in their son’s life and would be supporting him through the court process and make sure he showed up at court.

Police Capt. Diedrich Hohn said in all, seven officers were injured while apprehending Duche. He said four of the officers remain on sick leave.

He said he heard some criticism of police for deciding to chase Duche for what turned out to be a minor shoplifting incident. But Hohn said when Duche began fighting with Sgt. Ryan McAllister, police did not know the extent of the shoplifting allegations against Duche.

If Duche had stopped, as he was ordered to by McAllister, he would have received a simple summons, Hohn said. McAllister broke his ankle during a struggle with Duche that took both men to the ground next to the upper parking lot entrance to the popular department store.

“At that point Duche had a choice and he took off. Then, he could have pulled over, but he made it worse by taking off. From the beginning it looks like a silly thing, but it was the suspect that did what he did to let this situation get out of hand,” Hohn said, before commending all the police officers involved in the chase and for bringing it to a swift end.

Duche is scheduled to be brought back to court March 25, when he may make a plea to the charges.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com