Stratford PD charged teen after pursuit in stolen vehicle

January 23, 2019

STRATFORD — An 18-year-old was charged by town cops Tuesday after leading officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle, officials said Wednesday.

Mekai Reginald Darden, 18, was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, operating with a suspended license, failure to have tail lamps, possession of cannabis and first-degree larceny.

Tuesday evening, Stratford officers were patrolling in the area of Jackson Avenue when they spotted a vehicle, “traveling at a high rate of speed and with no tail lights illuminated,” according to a news release from Police Sgt. Jamie Rivera.

A check on the vehicle’s registration showed that it had been reported stolen.

“When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the operator sped away,” Rivera said. According to dispatch reports, the pursuit began roughly around 9:20 p.m.

The pursuit went onto Interstate 95 and through numerous towns, Rivera said. Reports indicated the officers pursued the vehicle onto Route 25 north through Trumbull and Monroe, before coming to an end in the area of South Main Street in Newtown.

The driver, identified as Darden, was taken into custody without issue, Rivera said.

Around 10:20 p.m., at least three officers remained on scene as a Stratford towing company took the vehicle from the scene.

Darden, who was held on a $50,000 bond, is expected in court on these charges on Jan. 29.

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