Wallingford Police have arrested three teenagers who are accused of engaging officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning. A fourth suspect is believed to have escaped and may be responsible for another stolen vehicle in town, police said.
Officers saw a white Ford Escape stopped at a light at the intersection of Washington Street and Quinnipiac Avenue around 2:45 a.m. When police checked the registration plate on the vehicle, they said they learned it was stolen from Newington.
When police attempted to pull over the vehicle, officers said the driver engaged police in pursuit. The pursuit ended when the driver crashed while attempting to enter the northbound ramp to Route 15, police said.
According to police, one suspect was caught after a short foot pursuit and two others were caught shortly after when a resident reported seeing two men walking down her street. One other suspect was able to escape.
Police said 18-year-old Quentin Johnson, a 15-year-old man and a 17-year-old man were all arrested. They are each facing charges including conspiracy to commit larceny, interfering with an officer and possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana.
Johnson was held on a $5,000 bond and is due in court on May 9.
The 15-year-old male and the 17-year-old male both had active take into custody orders and were transported to a Hartford juvenile detention facility, police said. Both are due in Hartford Juvenile Court on May 8.
Later Tuesday morning, officers said they received a report of a stolen vehicle from a Parker Farms Road resident. Police believe the keys were most likely left in an unlocked vehicle.
Officers said they are looking into the possibility of the fourth suspect being responsible for this stolen vehicle.