Suspect steals car, crashes into a pedestrian in Hartford


Police in West Hartford arrested a man who fled from police in a stolen car Saturday morning before striking into a pedestrian in Hartford.

Officials say the vehicle’s owner left the car running when it was stolen at the Shell Gas Station on the corner of Troutbrook Drive and Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. The victim flagged down an officer who happened to be at the gas station at the time.

When West Hartford police tried stopping the vehicle, the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jhuge Arnold, took off. 

Police tried deploying stop sticks as the car fled, but were unsuccessful. The chase led police into Hartford, where the suspect struck a pedestrian on Sigourney Street, before crashing into a utility pole. Power lines were down in the area as a result of the crash. Hartford police say Arnold also crashed into several parked cars during the chase. 

Hartford police say the pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Francis Hospital. The victim is in stable condition. 

Arnold was arrested at the scene.

Hartford police say the West Hartford PD will make the arrest for the stolen car. It’s unclear at this time what further charges the suspect is also facing. 

This is a developing story. News 8 will bring you any updates as they become available. 

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