Bristol PD: Hartford man in custody after evading crash, striking cruiser, leading pursuit onto I-84


BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford man is facing charges after evading a crash, ramming a vehicle into a Bristol police cruiser and engaging in a police pursuit.

Police said at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bristol police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in multiple locations in the downtown and southwest areas of town.

Responding officers saw a white Audi speeding away northbound on West Street. Police were not able to stop the vehicle in that area after multiple attempts.

The Audi encountered another officer on East Road, and police said the Audi drove at the officer head-on and attempted to ram his police cruiser.

At Seymour Street, the Audi stopped again, and two passengers exited the vehicle. The Audi sped toward another cruiser, which police said forced the officer to “take evasive action to avoid a collision.”

As officers tried to catch up with the Audi after it fled the area, the vehicle rammed into a cruiser. The officer was not injured.

The vehicle ended up on Rt. 72, and while at the Interstate-84 interchange near Exit 33, the Audi experienced a mechanical failure from when it struck the police cruiser, as well as when it evaded a prior crash on Wolcott Street at East Road.

The suspect, 24-year-old Joseph Abreu of Hartford, was then taken into custody without further incident.

Police found evidence of fireworks in the vehicle, but officers could not determine if it was fireworks or shots fired that witnesses heard.

Abreu was charged with the following:

  • 3 counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Assault on a Police Officer
  • Reckless Driving, Engaging Police in Pursuit
  • Evading Responsibility
  • Operating with a Suspended License
  • Improper Turn
  • Criminal Mischief 1st Degree

He was held on three separate bonds, totaling $1,050,000.

Bristol police said Abreu is also wanted by the Connecticut State Police on charges of Engaging Police in Pursuit.

Police located, interviewed and released the two passengers that left the Audi without charges.

State Police and Plainville police assisted Bristol police with this investigation.

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