Stolen car chase leads to arrests

Plainville police arrested two men and a juvenile following a chase that culminated with the suspects crashing into a utility pole. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 5, police responded to a condominium complex at 492 East Street after receiving reports that cars were being broken into. One of the responding officers spotted a small car recklessly veer out of the parking lot of a separate apartment complex on East Street, a short distance from the condo complex. This car nearly struck the officer’s vehicle. The car sped north on East Street and the officer radioed dispatch and proceeded to follow. Other officers attempted to stop the vehicle on East Street, but the operator would not pull over. The operator then made a sharp right turn onto East Maple Street, losing control of the vehicle. After swerving, the car hit a utility pole, severing it and rolling over at least once, coming to rest in the front yard of 53 East Maple Street, near the Linden Street School. The vehicle involved in the crash, a 1999 Honda Civic, had been reported stolen from Middletown earlier that day. There were three occupants in this vehicle, and all three were able to crawl through the shattered rear window and flee the scene on foot. None of the stolen vehicle’s occupants suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash. One occupant, an adult male, was located a short time later at Hartford Hospital where he was being treated for injuries he sustained in the crash. A 15-year-old juvenile male was found walking a short distance from the crash site. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of his injuries. A couple of hours later, an officer found the third occupant, an adult male, hiding in some shrubbery near the site of the crash. This man had suffered some injuries but refused transportation to the hospital. William M. Rivera, 36, of 182 Sexton Street, Unit 6, New Britain, was charged with first degree larceny (by possession), conspiracy to commit first degree larceny, second degree criminal trover, conspiracy to commit second degree trover, interfering with an officer, risk of injury to a minor and second degree breach of peace. Bond was set at $100,000 with a Dec. 6 court date. Fernando Rivera, of 605 Slater Road, New Britain, was charged with with first degree larceny (by possession), conspiracy to commit first degree larceny, second degree criminal trover, conspiracy to commit second degree trover, interfering with an officer, risk of injury to a minor, second degree breach of peace, reckless driving, failure to grant right of way, passing on right, traveling to fast for conditions, failure to drive right and disobeying signal of an officer. Bond was set at $100,000 with a Dec. 6 court date. The case is currently being investigated and the three are suspects in recent burglaries in Plainville and surrounding communities.

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