A 25-year-old New Haven man was arrested after a two-hour manhunt that spanned West Haven and New Haven on Friday morning.
Police investigating gun violence in New Haven went an apartment at 170 Shelton Avenue with the SWAT team and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this morning in search of Darrell Mayes, according to New Haven Police.
Mayes, who goes by “Li’l Moose," was driving by his home when law enforcement arrived, fled and led pursuing officers on a chase along Interstate 95 South into West Haven, police said.
The car chase ended when Mayes lost control of his car, but he then got out and ran, police said.
"The target of the search warrant actually drove by the location, a pursuit ensued, he jumped onto the highway, ended up spinning out on an exit ramp in West Haven," Archie Generoso, the assistant police chief in New Haven, said.
Police closed exit 43 and state and local police searched for Mayes until New Haven Police Officer Sheree Smith found him hiding behind a home at 9 Front Street, police said.
Mayes is a a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for unlawful restraint, criminal weapons possession, altered firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit, according to police.
When police searched his home, they found a 9mm “Glock” semi-automatic pistol.
Mayes was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a pistol, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, reckless endangerment in the first degree, reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer, engaging an officer in pursuit, operating without a license and criminal trespassing.
He is being held on a $500,000.00 bond.
Mayes’ girlfriend, Latasha Williams. 25, of New Haven. was also arrested for narcotics possession.