Bridgeport Man Charged With Trying to Assault Officers

A 35-year-old Bridgeport man is facing charges after leading officers on a car chase on Interstate 95 in Westport and nearly crashing into two police cruisers, according to police.

It started near the parking lots of the Saugatuck train station just off I-95 in Westport. Police said an officer in the area noticed a suspicious car and ran the plates to find that they did not match the vehicle.

The officer followed the car onto I-95 northbound and tried to pull it over near exit 18.

According to police, the driver, 35-year-old Nelson Rivera, of East Main Street in Bridgeport, accelerated instead of stopping. The officer contacted Fairfield and Connecticut State Police and followed Rivera toward exit 19.

Police said Rivera sped off the exit and narrowly missed colliding with Westport and Fairfield police cars. Rivera continued onto Route 1 eastbound and stopped near Sasco Hill Road in Fairfield.

He was taken into custody and brought to Westport Police Headquarters, where he was charged with criminal attempt at assaulting an officer, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics not in the original container, along with a string of motor vehicle violations.

Rivera’s bond was set at $10,000 and he’s due in court June 11.

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