A New London man is facing a string of charges after police said he led Hartford police officers on a chase in his unregistered car, blew a tire, tried to get away on foot and turned out to have a loaded, unlicensed gun.
Police said officers tried to pull over 27-year-old Jeremy Kelly, of 19 Summer Street in New London, in the area of 130 Preston Street on the afternoon of Nov. 4. Kelly stopped initially, then sped off while officers were getting out of their cruiser. He headed down Fairfield Avenue in the direction of the Wethersfield town line, hit a curb and blew a tire, according to police.
Another officer spotted Kelly’s unregistered white Oldsmobile pouring out smoke on the Berlin Turnpike. A Hartford police captain watched the car go off the road and crash in the area of 2303 Berlin Turnpike, police said.
Kelly was arrested after jumping out of the car and trying to run. Police found a Beretta 9mm magazine on his person, then located a loaded Beretta handgun on the driver’s side floor of Kelly’s car. Responding officers confiscated two magazines and 22 rounds of live ammunition, police said.
Kelly was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with illegally tinted windows, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating with a suspended license, engaging in police pursuit, interfering with police, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of more than 1 oz. crack cocaine with intent to sell, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm.