Report of Attempted Theft of Hemp Plants Leads to Arrests After Chase

Police responding to a call about the attempted theft of hemp plants arrested two people after a chase that ended in a crash.

Police said they received a call at 1:15 a.m. Monday from a farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton and the caller said people were on the property and trying to steal hemp plants that were legally regulated and used to produce CDB oil.

Soon after, an officer responding to the call saw a Honda with a New York registration parked at Sport Hill Road and Adams Road and the driver fled. 

The officer chased the car south on Route 59 until it crashed near the exit 46 ramp to the Merritt Parkway.

Police said the passenger was apprehended at the scene and was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

The driver ran and a state police trooper apprehended the suspect two hours later along the Merritt Parkway, near exit 49, and turned him over to the Easton Police Department, police said.

The car had been stolen from East Haven on Sept. 26, according to police.

Police said they are investigating two other suspicious incidents at the hemp farm in recent weeks.

Josue Gonzalez-Vazquez, 19, of New Haven, was charged with larceny in the third degree, engaging in a pursuit, misuse of plates and

other motor vehicle charges.

Jacob Castro, 19, of Hamden, was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree.

Both were held on a $10,000 bond.

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