Suspect Shot By Police, Arrested in Cromwell

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013  |  Updated 8:07 PM EDT
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Suspect Shot By Police, Arrested in Cromwell

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21-year-old Joshua Beaston drove his truck into a building in Cromwell after leading police on a chase early Wednesday morning.

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A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after leading Cromwell police on a car chase that resulted in an altercation during which the suspect was shot, state police said.

Police said this started with reports of erratic driving and a driver trying to crash into greenhouses early Wednesday morning in Cromwell.

Joshua Beaston, of Vicki Lane in Cromwell, spun his truck around and went over an embankment when police tried to stop him. Beaston's truck hit the building that houses Suburban Physical Therapy at the corner of Washington Road and West Street in Cromwell, according to police.

Beaston got out of the truck and attempted to flee, police said. During an altercation, police fired gunshots and struck Beaston at least once, according to police.

The officer, whose name is being withheld, called for EMS and performed emergency care on Beaston until the ambulance arrived. Beaston was transported to Hartford Hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

Beaston was charged with second-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespassing. Police said he is being guarded at the hospital and will held on $500,000 bond.

Beaston will be arraigned in Middletown Superior Court, police said.

State police and the major crimes unit are investigating.

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