Four people were taken to the hospital after a crash that happened just moments after a police pursuit ended in Enfield Tuesday, according to police.
Connecticut State Police said the situation began when a driver hit some Massachusetts State Police cruisers and took off. Massachusetts State Police followed the car until it crossed the Connecticut border, then broke off the pursuit.
Two hours after that chase ended, Connecticut State Police spotted the vehicle in the in the area of Sonny’s Place in Somers area and gave chase. State Police said they broke off the pursuit at the Somers/Enfield line just before the vehicle collided with another car on Route 190 near Taylor Road in Enfield.
"In talking to witnesses, the suspect vehicle tried to go around traffic, narrowly missing two people pulling out of the parking lot … and unfortunately having a head on collision," explained Sgt. James Held of the Enfield Police Department.
Enfield police said the suspect's vehicle, a silver Honda Accord, collided with an Acura SUV. A 29-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son in the Acura were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim's sister told NBC Connecticut she suffered a leg injury.
"I mean I thank God my sister’s good. My nephew’s fine," Sarah Burgos told NBC Connecticut.
Police have identified the suspect as 19-year-old John Castillo, of Holyoke, Massachusetts He had minor injuries and was taken to Hartford Hospital. A passenger in that car was taken to Bay State Medical Center with what police described as "severe leg injuries."
Castillo was wanted on a felony warrant for assault and battery on a household or family member, police said.
He will face charges in Connecticut for evading police.
Castillo was held on $250,000 bond.