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Man Arrested After Fleeing Scene of Accident in East Haven

NBC Connecticut

A man was arrested after rear-ending a car and driving off in East Haven.

The incident occurred in the area of Foxon Road on Tuesday.

Ruben Guerra-Rivera, 24, of New Haven, struck a car and drove off with front end damage and a smoking engine, according to police.

Witnesses told police that the car initially drove down a dead-end road before turning around and coming back down Foxon Road at a high speed, forcing pedestrians in the street to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. 

An off-duty police officer who happened to be in the area of Kimberly Avenue told officers he was behind Guerra-Rivera's vehicle.

Officers then pulled Guerra-Rivera over in the area of Kimberly Avenue and Forbes Place.

Guerra-Rivera was driving while under the influence, police said. Officers also found a large amount of marijuana in his car.

Police determined that Guerra-Rivera had a felony arrest warrant out of New Haven and was taken to the East Haven Police Department for processing.

The driver of the car Guerra-Rivera hit was treated at the scene but declined further treatment, police said.

Guerra-Rivera faces charges including evading responsibility, first degree reckless endangerment, operating under the influence and possession and sale of a controlled substance.

He was released on a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 14 .

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