Cops: Meriden man led police on a chase in a stolen car
TRUMBULL — A Meriden man is being accused of striking several cars while leading police on a chase in a stolen car.
Trumbull police received reports of a man driving recklessly in the area near Main Street around 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The man, later identified as 37-year-old Daniel Baker, of Meriden, struck several cars in Bridgeport while driving a stolen car, police said.
Witnesses told police that Baker was last seen driving north on Main Street.
A Trumbull officer later spotted a heavily damaged Honda Civic on Main Street near Gisella Road, and attempted to pull the vehicle over.
Police said the car refused to stop, however, and merged on to Route 25 southbound.
“The vehicle drove off the roadway near exit 9 for Daniels Farm Road, attempting to avoid police vehicles, but officers were able to block the escape,” Lt. Brian Weir said in a press release.
Baker, who police said has a “lengthy criminal record” of arrests for robbery, threatening and more, was arrested and charged with engaging in a police pursuit, reckless driving, third-degree larceny, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of license plates and misuse of license plates. He was held on $10,000 bond and remanded to the custody of the Bridgeport Department of Corrections for a violation of probation.
He was given a court date of May 29 at the Bridgeport Court.