Man Crashed Stolen BMW Into State Vehicles: Police

Hartford police arrested an 18-year-old man who is accused of crashing a stolen car into two state-owned vehicles Monday.

Dispatchers received a call at 11:56 a.m. Monday from someone who said she had been warming up her 2004 BMW X3 in her driveway when it was stolen at 6:06 a.m. and she was following the vehicle.

A patrol officer who spotted the stolen car started to walk up to it when it was stopped in traffic in the area of Washington and Russ streets and the driver took off after seeing the officer, then went toward Clinton Street, according to police.

A Hartford police traffic officer in the area used stop sticks, but the driver kept going and hit two state-owned unoccupied parked vehicles at 75 Elm St. before running off, according to police.

Officers found the driver hiding behind a parked vehicle in the area of 166 Capitol Ave.

They identified him as 18-year-old Johnny Castro and said there was a warrant from another town charging him with carrying a dangerous weapon and failure to appear.

He was charged with larceny in the third degree, criminal trover in the second degree, evading responsibility, reckless driving, failure to obey an officer signal, interfering with police and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

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