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Couple involved in April police shooting engage New Haven officers in chase after hit-and-run

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The unarmed couple who was shot at by police in New Haven back in April, were allegedly involved in a police chase early Friday morning after hitting a bicyclist.

Police say that at around 12:19 a.m., 21-year-old Paul Witherspoon, of Hamden, was driving under the influence when he struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Whalley Avenue and Sherman Avenue. He then fled the scene, engaging officers in a chase.

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Witherspoon was eventually stopped by police and arrested. He was charged with DUI, evading responsibility, engaging police in pursuit, carrying a dangerous weapon, weapon in a motor vehicle, interfering with a police officer, reckless driving and additional motor vehicle violations.

He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

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His passenger, 22-year-old Stephanie Washington, of West Haven, who was previously injured after being shot by police officers back in April, was not injured.

Another passenger, 24-year-old Darmichael Mims, of New Haven, was also not hurt.

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There is no word on the bicyclist’s condition because they also fled the scene on foot. Police are urging them to come forward to receive medical treatment.

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Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact New Haven Police at 203-946-6316.

The incident remains under investigation.

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