Trumbull police crash: Officers injured, driver arrested after Friday morning chase
A Bridgeport man was arrested for reckless endangerment in the first degree, interfering with a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, possession of a stolen license plate, reckless driving, engaging an officer in pursuit, failure to obey a red light and multiple other motor vehicle violations following a high-speed car chase Friday morning that began on the southbound ramp of Route 25 and ended on Old Town Road around 1:40 a.m.
Police said Jose Rey's Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a police SUV vehicle that was occupied by two Trumbull police officers, injuring both officers and resulting in severe vehicle damage.
According to a press release, the officers were injured from the head-on collision but escaped the accident without serious injury and were able to take Rey, 50, into custody.
Rey is being held on a $75,000 bond and will be arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Police said that Rey is also wanted by Stratford Police Department for failure to appear in court for prior motor vehicle and drug charges.
Rey was first observed by Trumbull officer Kyle Lavin who attempted to stop Rey's Jeep for having recently stolen plates, police chief Michael Lombardo said.
Chief Lombardo told The Times that Rey's vehicle went through a red light and entered Route 25 southbound at Daniels Farm Road and continued on the state highway before exiting off exit six, where he struck the police cruiser at the intersection of Old Town Road and Seltsam Road.
The officers and the suspect were transported to the hospital for treatment, Chief Lombardo added.
Chief Lombardo confirmed reports that Rey was in possession of a crack pipe and other narcotics. He said that the department is still trying to identify those substances.
The exit six off ramp to Old Town Road was closed for several hours Friday morning as police investigated the accident.