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Police Chase Ends With Car Slamming Into East Hartford Gym

A police pursuit ended with a car slamming into an East Hartford gym Wednesday, according to police.

Police said officers were chasing a suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Brandon Chaney, wanted for an earlier dispute involving a gun when Chaney crashed his vehicle into Club Fitness on Main Street. It happened around 4:30 p.m.

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One passenger in Chaney’s vehicle suffered minor injuries, police said.

The building saw significant damage and had to close for the night but did reopen Thursday morning.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was like now there’s a car like totaled in the front of the gym,” said Club Fitness employee Lindsey Aguiar.

Aguair said there were a few people on the machines near where the car crashed through, but they only had minor cuts and bruises.

“It was at the beginning of rush hour. And a lot of people started showing up right after it happened. So it probably could have been a lot worse,” she said.

East Hartford Police Department
Brandon Chaney

Chaney was arrested and charged with criminal possession of firearm, interfering with police, engaging officer in pursuit, altering serial number of firearm, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell, weapon in a motor vehicle, and reckless driving. He was held on a $100,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

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