State police have charged a 50-year-old East Haddam man accused of causing a crash after a police pursuit on Route 16 in East Hampton on Jan. 9.
Police received several 911 calls about an Eagle Talon driving recklessly between Portland and East Hampton for more than an hour that day and began pursuing the vehicle.
Authorities said the driver, James Millett, hit an animal control officer's vehicle and two other cars before his car slammed into a guardrail around 3 p.m., according to the East Hampton police chief.
Two Lifestar helicopters were called to fly Millett and his female passenger, Theresa Goss, of East Haddam, to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Both were inside the vehicle that crashed.
Millett was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, operation of a motor vehicle without a permit or a license, evading responsibility, operation of a motor vehicle when a license is suspended and disobeying the signal of an officer, as well as additional charges.
The car had out-of-state plates, according to police.
He was also charged with improper use of marking, license or registration.
The road was shut down between Flat Brook Road and Route 149 in East Hampton, near the Colchester line.